In Illinois, you usually have a couple of different options for
dealing with a speeding ticket. For a simple speeding ticket, the path
of least resistance is to pay the fine by mail. Check the back of the
ticket for instructions. It will tell you the amount to pay and when
the fine is due.
However, just because this way is easiest does not mean that it's your
best option. Consider this: paying the fine is an admission of guilt.
That means the violation will go on your driving record, and you may
end up paying that fine amount over and over again in the form of
increased insurance costs. Fortunately, there is a better way. If you
have a good driving record, you may be able to request court
supervision in exchange for taking a defensive driving class.
Unless were speeding in a school zone, a work zone, or going more than
30 miles per hour over, many Illinois courts do not require you to got
to court if you are going to plead guilty, even if you are requesting
to take defensive driving. However, if you are going to plead not
guilty and try to fight your Illinois speeding ticket, you will have to
appear in court and argue your case. If you are lucky and have a
credible defense, you might actually get the charges dropped. If you
are unlucky, you will spend an hour or more out of your life doing
something that you could have accomplished by mail.