I received a ticket for not stopping at a stop sign which requires appearing in court. The code is 9-24-010 (b) in Chicago, IL. Is this a minor violation or a misdemeanor? What is the penalty?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Illinois
Hello,Thank you for the information and your question. This is actually a Chicago Municipal Code violation and is, therefore, an infraction and not a crime. So, yes it is a minor violation and will not result in a misdemeanor. The punishment ranges from $70 to $300 fine and the court can also, if they choose, assign community service, but that is it. No jail time can be awarded since it is not a crime.
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I have not contacted a lawyer. Should I have one, or is it fine to go to this court date alone? I did go through the stop sign.
Hello again,If you are not going to try to dispute the ticket, then you really don't have to have an attorney. You certainly can have one, but the amount you have to pay them would be more than the difference they might get you on your fine. The court only has to find that by a preponderance of the evidence that you violated the code. So, the threshold for proof is very low. So again, unless you want to dispute this, you don't need an attorney.
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