Your Guide to Illinois Traffic Courts

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Traffic courts hear more cases than any other court. Hundreds of thousands of traffic cases are heard each year in courts throughout Illinois.

Some traffic violations are settled before they reach the court, if the defendant admits guilt and agrees to pay and mail a fine to the circuit clerk. A defendant who chooses to proceed in this manner will usually receive a conviction on his or her driving record for the citation.

Frequently, however, an appearance in traffic court is required. The defendant often desires to appear in court in order to work out a more acceptable negotiated plea. Court appearances are mandatory for more serious offenses, including driving under the influence (DUI) and reckless driving, where a jail sentence is possible.

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