Go to Traffic Court
Traffic Court in Chicago is located on the lower level of the Daley Center.
When you're in an accident and the other driver is at fault and given a citation for anything at your crash, always go to court for the ticket. And keep going if the case is continued (delayed).
A plea of guilty is an admission of liability in the civil case. Your presence in traffic court as a complaining witness can force the defendant to plead guilty, which makes your case much easier to prove.
How do you do this?
Show up a little early, check in with the court clerk, and ask to speak to the prosecutor or State’s Attorney. Advise him or her that you were injured in the crash and that you have retained a personal injury lawyer.
They will take it from there, usually by talking to the defendant and advising him or her that the complaining witness is ready to testify. If the defendant has not retained a lawyer, there is a good chance he or she will enter a guilty plea, which is nothing but good for your case.
Contact Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Stephen Hoffman
If you've been in an accident and have questions, contact Chicago personal injury attorney Stephen L. Hoffman for a free consultation at (773) 944-9737. Stephen has nearly 30 years of legal experience and has collected millions of dollars for his clients. He has been named a SuperLawyer, has a 10.0 rating on Avvo, and is BBB A+ accredited.
Stephen handles personal injury and workers' compensation claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you don’t pay anything upfront and he only gets paid if you do. Don’t wait another day, contact Stephen now.
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