How to Quickly Dispute Your Chicago Speeding Tickets Without The Hassle
Although speeding tickets can be justified if a driver was completely at fault for unsafe driving, the circumstances that surround them are rarely black and white. Fortunately, you have several options for contesting Chicago speeding tickets, especially since the city's main method of identifying them is prone to error. Here is an overview of how DoNotPay can help you quickly and easily dispute a Chicago speeding ticket to avoid wasting money.
How Much Does a Speeding Ticket Cost in Chicago?
Chicago speeding tickets currently fall into two categories. Speeding tickets for speeds between six and ten miles per hour above the speed limit are typical $35 while going eleven or more miles above the speed limit results in a $100 fine under most circumstances.
|6 - 10 mph||$35|
|11 - 25 mph||$100|
|26 - 34 mph||$1500|
|(Considered Aggravated Speeding)||Up to six (6) months in jail plus mandatory court costs|
Although you generally will not receive a speeding ticket if you are going up to five miles per hour over the posted speed limit, it is possible for your speed to mistakenly register as six or more miles over. These fines typically increase in work zones because the risk significantly increases when construction workers that are more focused on what they are doing than on vehicles are present.
How to Pay Your Speeding Ticket in Chicago
If you know you are at fault and do not have any reasonable evidence for disputing your speeding ticket, you can pay it on the city's website. Several resources are available here that can help you manage your speeding ticket online, including:
- A search feature to make it easier to find a copy of your speeding ticket if you misplaced yours, have received a late notice but were never mailed an original ticket, or think a ticket was sent to you in error.
- Viewing copies of video and photo evidence that you may be able to use to identify an error.
- Options for setting up a payment plan or checking the status of a payment.
- A convenient starting point for contesting your ticket if you find a legitimate reason to do so.
Can I Dispute My Speeding Ticket in Chicago?
Speeding tickets can always be disputed, although you have the best chance of making your case if you can provide sufficient evidence that a mistake was made. Chicago uses speed cameras to identify the majority of the city's speeding tickets, which are prone to error and make knowing your rights if you are mistakenly cited for speeding even more important.
These cameras only register your vehicle and do not identify the person driving it, and you may mistakenly be mailed a speeding ticket if someone else was driving your car at the time. They may also record you seconds after speeding up out of necessity to avoid being hit by another driver without seeing any context, which an actual person would generally not consider speeding as long as you immediately returned to the posted speed as soon as it was safe to do so. Technical difficulties can also cause slight instances of speeding that are five or fewer miles per hour over the speed limit or even just under it to register as six or more, making the difference between a legitimate speeding ticket and a mistake that you should not be responsible for.
This completely electronic method is not reviewed by a human being to identify potential errors or extenuating circumstances, which means that disputing a speeding ticket from a camera can be even more important than it would be for a traditional ticket.
How to Fight a Speeding Ticket in Court
Chicago's city website provides an easy starting point for initiating a dispute for several types of traffic tickets, including:
- Speeding tickets
- Red light tickets
- Parking tickets
You have several options for fighting your speeding ticket, including:
- Utilizing the city's eContest system to make your case online
- Submitting a statement by mail
- Requesting an in-person hearing
Although submitting a request online or by mail may be faster and easier for you, they are also faster and easier for the city to decline. Requesting an in-person hearing is usually your best option for fighting a speeding ticket because it allows you to professionally argue your case with assistance in a two-way conversation.
Is Contesting a Speeding Ticket in Chicago Worth the Hassle?
Contesting a speeding ticket is always worthwhile, especially if you know you were not driving as fast as your ticket claims you were, you were not speeding at all, or the speed limit just changed and you did not have time to slow down before receiving a ticket. Errors happen, but you should not have to be penalized for someone else's mistake. Whether you are trying to avoid marring your spotless driving record or you have had legitimate speeding tickets in the past and have enough points that another one could significantly increase your insurance, doing what you can to dispute a speeding ticket is always worth your time.
Even if you are partially at fault, you may be able to get your ticket reduced if you can provide sufficient evidence that it is not the most logical outcome. The worst that can happen is simply not winning, which would leave you no worse off than you already are. However, many people do successfully dispute speeding tickets and get them dropped without receiving points or paying a fine, which can make trying worth anyone's time.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Dispute a Speeding Citation in Chicago?
Although working with a lawyer can be helpful, it is not a requirement to successfully dispute a speeding citation in Chicago or anywhere else. You especially do not need to enlist the services of an expensive in-person lawyer because a digital lawyer can work just as well, especially if your side of the dispute is obvious. As the world's first robot lawyer, DoNotPay gives you the professional backup you need to win your case without the hassle of finding and hiring an expensive attorney on your own.
Contest Tickets in Chicago in Less Than 120 Seconds
DoNotPay has successfully helped more than 200,000 people dispute speeding tickets, and you can be next.
Here's how to get started:
- Log-in to DoNotPay and find the Speeding Ticket product.
- Upload a photo of your speeding ticket.
- Provide us with some details on why you believe the citation issued is a mistake.
- Select whether or not you want the letter mailed to the traffic ticket issuer on your behalf!
- That’s it! You’ll receive an appeal letter that contains state vehicle codes to boost your case.
It's really that simple! Look out for your traffic ticket issuer's response to discover whether you won.
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
Once you have successfully disputed your speeding ticket, holding onto your DoNotPay subscription can make dozens of other aspects of your life easier for years. We are also here to help you:
- Appeal parking tickets in any city
- Appeal banned accounts
- Close any account
- Negotiate the terms of your car lease
- Sue companies that do not provide the service you paid for
- Obtain any refunds you are entitled to
- Find the best prices on any products or services
- Avoid unnecessary fees
At DoNotPay, we do not want you to waste money on unnecessary fines. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you dispute a Chicago speeding ticket or to start the process!