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What Does Your Ticket Say?
If it Says COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED
- You will need to appear in court on the date written on your ticket
- If you cannot come to court that day, you may file a Motion to Continue, which may be granted by the judge
- The Circuit Clerk cannot change your court date for you. This may only be done by a judge
If it Says NO COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED
You will not have to appear in court, and you may resolve your ticket in one of three ways:
Guilty or Not Guilty?
If you would like to plead Guilty, you may do so in a few different ways.
First, you may mail your signed Plea of Guilty or court communication copy of your citation, to the Circuit Clerk’s office along with payment. You may also go to our ePay system to complete a plea and pay the total costs. If you would like to plead Not Guilty, you will need to appear in court. If your ticket is marked “NO COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED”, you may NOT simply appear on the date listed on your citation. You may request a trial in front of a judge or in front of a jury. You must contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office to request a bench or jury trial.
What is Court Supervision? How do I apply?
A plea of guilty is accepted, but a conviction is not entered. Instead, your record will reflect that you received court supervision. You may apply online here, by mail, or in person. If you are eligible, an application will be mailed to you. ADDITIONAL FEES FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY SCHOOL WILL APPLY. For more information, please see the Related Link to the Parkland College Traffic Safety Program on the right hand side of the page.
Who is Eligible for Court Supervision?
Anyone who is issued a traffic ticket which states on the bottom “NO COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED” and who has not been convicted or placed on supervision for any moving violation within 12 months before the date of this ticket. If you are UNDER THE AGE OF 18 and wish to apply for court supervision, you will need to appear before the judge with a parent or guardian present. A court date will be given to you at the time you complete your application in the Clerk’s office. Additional questions about court supervision can be answered by the Champaign County State’s Attorney.
ADDITIONAL FEES WILL APPLY
Costs for Speeding, and Other "No Court Appearance Required" Tickets
CHARGES PAID BEFORE THE FIRST COURT DATE
FOR SPEEDS 1-20 OVER POSTED LIMIT
FOR SPEEDS 21-30 MPH OVER POSTED LIMIT
FOR FAILURE TO WEAR A SEATBELT
FOR ALL OTHER “NO COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED” CHARGES, INCLUDING “ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICE”
When is My Payment Due?
To avoid further penalties when pleading guilty, your payment in full and completed paperwork must be received by the court appearance date listed on your ticket. For offenses requiring a court appearance, a due date and total amount will be decided in court. If you cannot complete your payment in full before your due date, you may file a Motion for Extension for Time to Pay with the court.
What Happens if I Do Not Come to Court or Pay My Ticket on Time?
If your ticket is marked “Court Appearance Required”, and you do not appear in court, a warrant may be issued for your arrest. It is very important to come to court if your ticket tells you that you must. In addition, the court may find you guilty in your absence, and your failure to appear and comply with the terms of your ticket will be reported to the Illinois Secretary of State.
If your ticket is marked “No Court Appearance Required”, and you do not plead or pay the total amount by the date written at the bottom of your ticket, an EX PARTE JUDGMENT may be entered against you. This means that the court finds you guilty in your absence, and your failure to comply will be reported to the Illinois Secretary of State. This also means that the total amount you are required to pay may increase to $226.
If you do not enter your plea or make your payment on time, and you wish to ask the court to reconsider their judgment, you may file a Motion to Vacate Ex Parte Judgment. The judge may grant your request, and you may be able to apply for court supervision at that time.