Traffic citations do not always require a court appearance. Some traffic violations may be paid to the Clerk of the Circuit Court without going to court. The police officer should indicate on the citation whether a court appearance is required. When a traffic citation does not require a court appearance is issued in Lake County, the offender has three options in which to dispose of the ticket prior to the provided court date.
Option A: plead guilty and pay the fine in person or by mail without coming to court
Option B: plead not guilty, request a trial and appear in court
Option C: plead guilty, receive supervision* and attend traffic school without going to court
*Supervision is a manner in which a judge withholds entry of conviction on the reportable (moving) violation upon a guilty plea. This is conditioned on the fact that you are not issued any other tickets within 90 days. If you do not receive any other tickets and successfully complete traffic school, the case will terminate. A report or supervision will be sent to the Secretary of State when supervision is granted. The court supervision will remain on the record of the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
NOTE: If you are under the age of 18 and are requesting court supervision, you must appear in court with a parent or guardian.
Not everyone is eligible for Option C. You are eligible to receive court supervision without coming to court:
- If you have not had court supervision for any violation committed within the previous 12 months from the date of the ticket in this case; and
- if you are willing to plead guilty on the traffic ticket, request court supervision, and pay the prescribed fines, costs and fees for such violation
If eligible, you will complete court supervision successfully without coming to court:
- If you complete the four hour traffic school course within the specified time of your court supervision; and
- If you do not receive any additional traffic tickets during the supervision period
If supervision is completed successfully, the violation will be reported to the Secretary of State as supervision.