Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Re: OT - Advice on speeding ticket - contest by mail?
There are two good options available you should investigate. In Illinois there is what's called "court supervision." It's a form of probation. You plead guilty to the charge in county court, and pay your fine. If you don't get hauled back in for 90 days or 120 days, the ticket is destroyed and no record is sent to the state. It works because the alternative is that you'll plead not guilty, which will cause a trial, which will take a half day's time for the trooper and prosecutor and judge. . . . This way they get their money without any hassle.
The other I have heard of but never tried. You pay the fine by mail, and pay a few dollars extra. When it gets to the court, the fine is recorded, and the clerk makes out a check to you for the overpayment. Until the check clears the ticket is still in process, and can't be sent to the state. You tear up the refund check and get on with your life.
Like I say, I never tried that one, and it sounds lame to me, but plausible. The first I have used a couple of times. It should be worth a try.
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