How to Remove an Illinois Traffic Ticket from Your Record?

It may be possible to remove convictions for Illinois traffic tickets from your driving record.  By filing a “Motion to Vacate,” our attorneys are able to bring your ticket back into court and argue for a more favorable outcome (i.e. court supervision or dismissal). Generally, the process to remove a speeding or traffic ticket from your record looks like this. 

Evaluate Eligibility

Note that only criminal charges, not traffic tickets, are eligible for expungement under Illinois law. The only way to clear a traffic ticket conviction from your driving record is to bring the case back in front of a judge through a “Motion to Vacate”.

Consider License Suspension

If you are facing a license suspension due to multiple moving violations, a “Motion to Vacate” may be the best solution. It can help remove the entire suspension or shorten the suspension period. This is preferable to the more complex and lengthy administrative hearing before the Secretary of State.

CDL Holders (Truck Drivers)

CDL holders often face severe consequences for traffic tickets such as employment issues, insurance increases, or license suspension. The process for removing a ticket for CDL holders follows a similar approach.

Motion to Vacate

The success of this strategy depends on several factors, including whether you appeared in court for the ticket. If you simply mailed in payment, failed to pay, or failed to appear in court, a “Motion to Vacate” can bring the case to court and attempt to resolve the ticket without a conviction.

Court Supervision and Conditions

If you appeared in court and received court supervision, but failed to complete 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. Completing the original conditions will likely be necessary.

Successful Motion and Paperwork

If the motion is successful, the attorneys will obtain the necessary paperwork for the Illinois Secretary of State. Once submitted and processed, the conviction will be removed from your public driving record. Accurate handling of this step is crucial.

Consider County or Courthouse Impact

The likelihood of success may vary depending on the county or courthouse where the ticket is assigned. The attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. can review your record, evaluate your specific situation, and determine the most appropriate course of action. They regularly handle cases throughout the Chicagoland area, including Cook County, Lake County, and DuPage County.

Remember to contact The Davis Law Group, P.C. for professional and experienced traffic attorneys who are ready to help you explore your options.

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