For Clients, Community, Business Owners and Professional Advisors
I had the opportunity to appear in traffic court in Rolling Meadows a couple
of weeks ago. It’s something I don’t normally do. Yes, I’ll
confess to you: I had a traffic ticket and had to appear myself.
(While our firm does not normally do traffic and criminal work, we have
a great professional relationship with a firm who handles these matters
day in and day out).
The bailiff was distributing a piece of paper to all the attorneys. He
admonished each of us to take a copy back to our offices and post it.
In 30 years of practice, I’d never seen such a thing.
What could be so important? They want us to communicate to our clients
the court costs involved in supervision.
Costs for Supervision. Okay, so what is supervision? Supervision is a court order that, if you
do not get any tickets for a period of time (usually 60 to 120 days),
your current charge is dismissed and will not be on your driving record
. If you do get another ticket within that time, a “guilty”
finding appears on your record. The beauty of supervision is that since
the charge doesn’t show on your driving record, it’s not available
for your insurance company to use as a reason to increase your policy rates.
So, what was on the paper? The court costs for the mental health, law library,
filing, document storage, this, that and the other,
totalling $168.00. That’s right. The court costs for supervision are $168.00 in addition
to any fine assessed. The wheels of justice are not just slow; they are
expensive. Actually, I hear that it’s even more expensive in DuPage County.
What’s a better solution? Drive carefully. As the captain used to
say on Hill Street Blues: Let’s all be careful out there.
In case you’re wondering what happened with my ticket? It was dismissed.