If you can, it's important to keep speeding tickets off of your
driving record. Your insurance company will use them as an excuse to
send your auto insurance rates through the roof. In Illinois, there are
a couple of different ways to do this. The easiest is to request court
supervision. Most Illinois courts will allow you to use this option two
times each year. Court supervision means that as long as you attend
defensive driving school as promised, the conviction won't show up on
your record. In order to keep the ticket off your record, you must do
three things: 1) Obtain agreement from the court, 2) Take a
court-approved defensive driving course, and 3) make sure that the
court receives proof that you completed the course within the allotted
The other way of beating a traffic ticket is far less reliable:
pleading guilty and trying to defend yourself against the charge. If
you try to do this, it's important to make sure you have a valid
defense-otherwise, you are wasting your breath. To help motorists
examine the strength of their defensive strategy, the Cook County
Circuit Court's web site provides a list of defense that will not be
- "The sun was in my eyes."
- "I was keeping up with the flow of traffic."
- "My speedometer was broken."
- "I did not see the sign." (Unacceptable unless the sign was not
placed in accordance with state standards.)
- "I was unfamiliar with the neighborhood and was lost."
In fact, if you choose to plead innocent, you may be better of using
the services of an Illinois traffic ticket attorney! An Illinois
traffic ticket lawyer is much better prepared to argue your case than
you could ever be. Lawyers know which defenses are likely the work and
which won’t, and they have a better knowledge of the ins and outs of
the court system than most people do.