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Traffic Citations — Can They Be Handled Outside of Court? The Illinois State Bar Weighs In

Question: Am I able to handle a traffic violation outside of court? Answer: Some traffic violations can be settled before they reach the court. In those instances, the defendant typically admits guilt and agrees to pay the fine. However, a defendant who chooses this approach is more likely to receive a conviction on his or her driving record. An appearance in court, with an attorney at your side, may enable you to work out a plea without it impacting your driving record.     For more information about Illinois law, visit  If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit