I was issued a red light photo ticket by mail from the city of country club hills. I sent in a letter, per the instructions contesting it. My letter was a constitutional argument, but I wasn't given a fair trial (which is a right according to the Constitution correct?) Now the final notice telling me to appeal or pay the fine 100$. I went to the Circuit court house in Markham and was told to pay the 110$ fee to appeal. I have never seen a judge nor faced my accuser but yet I have to pay a fee in an attempt to fight my ticket. How is this not a RACKET, a crime set up so a citizen can't fight this? The state's attorney office IL said sorry contact a lawyer. Any advice. Why does other cities give you a fair hearing option and this city doesn't?
Answered 20 minutes ago. REPEAT Filling costs are constitutional. Red light tickets have been deemed constitutional.
You have no right to a jury trial for a traffic ticket. That too is constitutional.
Hire a lawyer. The constitution is more complex than what you might have learned in civics.
Filing fees are a part of the legal system, no way around that.
As for red light ticket, don't think of it as a criminal issue where all the constitutional rights apply, think of it as an ordinance violation. It is quasi-civil in nature, the burden of proof is different and the evidence standards are different. This means that the city can do a lot of things that they could not do in a criminal proceeding. I suggest you talk to an attorney and they can more fully explain the difference.
Good lawyers have fought against red light cameras for all of the reasons you complain about and so far have all lost. I agree that red light photo and speed camera operations are a scam.
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