If your ticket is marked NO COURT APPEARANCE REQUIRED and you have not attended Traffic Safety School in the past 12 months, you may be eligible to receive Court Supervision through the mail by attending Traffic Safety School. Follow the directions in Option B (AVOID CONVICTION ON YOUR DRIVING RECORD) below. Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) offers court-approved classes for individuals ordered or choosing to attend a Traffic Safety School course. The IVCC Traffic School is located at the Main Campus in Oglesby. Once you register for Traffic Safety School with the Circuit Clerk’s Office, you will be contacted with your class schedule.
Option A: PLEAD GUILTY – Pay $120 ($60 for seat belt violations, $140 if ticket is for speeding 21-25 mph over speed limit). This conviction will be reported to the Illinois Secretary of State. Do NOT appear in court if you pay your ticket BEFORE your court date.
Option B: AVOID CONVICTION ON YOUR DRIVING RECORD – Plead guilty, register for Driver Improvement Program, pay $155 ($175 if ticket is for speeding 21-25 mph over the speed limit). Complete the Driver Improvement Program Registration Form and submit with payment to the Circuit Clerk’s Office. You will receive an admission card with your class date & time and a map to the school in the mail. Do NOT appear in court if you pay your ticket BEFORE your court date. If your supervision is completed SUCCESSFULLY, there will be no conviction reported to the Secretary of State. **You must NOT have attended Traffic Safety School in the past 12 months to be eligible. If you request Driver Improvement Program by mail and are found to be ineligible because you have enrolled in the past 12 months, a conviction will be reported to the Secretary of State. Fees are not refundable.
NOTE: If you were under the age of 18 when you were ticketed, you MUST appear in court with a parent or guardian to receive court supervision. If you were between the ages of 18 and 20 when you were ticketed, the only way to receive court supervision is by appearing in court.
Option C: PLEAD NOT GUILTY – Plead not guilty to the ticket and request either a Bench Trial (before a Judge) or a Jury Trial. Submit the form along with the blue copy of your ticket. The Circuit Clerk’s office will mail you a new trial date. Do NOT appear on the court date listed on your ticket.
Option D: ONLINE OPTION – Beginning October 1, 2016, go to www.lasallecounty.com and click on “Online Payments/eGuilty” tab under the picture of the courthouse and follow through the steps.
If you apply for the Driver Improvement Program and are found to be ineligible, a conviction will be reported to the Secretary of State. Your school fee is non-refundable.