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The first thing you should do is you should follow the instructions on the ticket and plead not guilty. The reason you should plead not guilty and go to court on the court date is because in 99% of these cases the prosecutor will make some form of a deal, such as a deferred adjudication or reduction to another non-moving violation or sometimes even flat out dismissal if the officer who wrote the citation
does not show up in court.
A deferred adjudication is where you pay the fine
and costs, but they do not enter a judgment against you and if you do not get another citation in 6-12 months (depending on the prosecutor) then the citation is automatically dismissed and not reported to IL, so you get no tickets points reported on your license.
Reduction to a non-moving violations is what it says, the prosecutor changes the ticket violation to non-moving and that means you pay the fine, but no points are associated with a non-moving violation so it does not have any points onto your license.
If you notice a pattern here, mostly all the court wants is money, they care less about license points most times.
Now, if they set the case for a trial and the officer fails to appear, you can potentially get a dismissal of the citation, but this is fairly rare unless the prosecutor knows this is one of the officers who routinely fails to come to court.