Did you know that it’s possible to remove convictions for Illinois traffic tickets from your driving record? At The Davis Law Group, P.C., our experienced attorneys can assist you in filing a “Motion to Vacate,” which brings your ticket back into court and allows us to argue for a more favorable outcome, such as court supervision, amendment, or dismissal.
While Illinois law doesn’t permit the expungement of traffic tickets, we can help you clear the conviction from your driving record by presenting your case before a judge.
Addressing License Suspensions
If you’re facing a license suspension due to multiple moving violations, a Motion to Vacate may be the ideal solution. It can either remove the entire suspension or reduce its length significantly. This approach is preferable to undergoing a complex and lengthy administrative hearing before the Secretary of State.
Motion to Vacate for CDL Holders
CDL holders often face severe consequences for traffic tickets, including employment issues, insurance increases, or license suspension. The process for removing a ticket for a CDL holder follows a similar approach as a Motion to Vacate for other drivers, and our CDL ticket attorneys can guide you through the steps.
Evaluating Chances of Success
The success of this strategy depends on various factors, such as whether you appeared in court for the ticket, mailed in payment, failed to pay by the required deadline, or missed a required court date. By filing a “Motion to Vacate,” you or your attorney can bring the case back to court and attempt to resolve the ticket without a conviction. The likelihood of success also varies based on the age of the ticket, the nature of the offense, and the assigned county or courthouse.
Reinstating Court Supervision:
If you appeared in court, received court supervision, but failed to fulfill the required conditions (such as fines or traffic school), filing a Motion to Vacate may allow you to request the judge to reinstate your court supervision. It’s important to note that completing the original conditions will likely be required by the judge.
Steps to Clear Your Record:
Prepare Your Motion and Notice of Filing:
- Draft a Motion to Vacate and Notice of Filing, ensuring they are filed and served on the appropriate parties, including the prosecutor.
File the Motion to Vacate:
- Submit the Motion to Vacate at the Clerk of the Circuit Court’s Office in the courthouse where the ticket was initially assigned.
Pay the Motion Fee:
- The motion fee varies across counties but typically ranges between $40.00 to $50.00.
Appear in Court:
- Once the motion is filed, and the fee is paid, the Clerk will set a court date or direct you to see the Judge immediately. The process may vary depending on the courthouse. If you don’t have legal representation, be prepared to advocate for yourself.
Complete the Process of Updating Your Record with the Secretary of State:
- If the motion is successful, you or your attorney should obtain the necessary paperwork for the Illinois Secretary of State. Submitting the appropriate documentation will result in the removal of the conviction from your public driving record. If a suspension was in place due to that ticket, it will be rescinded. It’s crucial to handle this step accurately.
Clearing traffic ticket convictions in Illinois is possible with the help of The Davis Law Group, P.C. Our professional and experienced traffic attorneys can review your record, evaluate your specific situation, and determine the most appropriate course of action. We serve clients throughout the Chicagoland area, including Cook County, Lake County, and DuPage County. Contact us today to explore your options.