DOWNERS GROVE COURT CASES
Ken Wang is proud to be one of the top rated lawyers for court cases by the National Trial Lawyers Association, the American Society of Legal Advocates, the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys, Avvo.com, and Super Lawyers magazine. He is the top choice lawyer for traffic tickets and misdemeanor cases in Downers Grove court cases on a regular basis.
The court cases are heard in the Downers Grove branch court of the DuPage County Field Court System. The Downers Grove Courthouse is located at 4000 Saratoga Avenue, in Downers Grove, Illinois 60515.
Traffic tickets and misdemeanor court cases which are heard in the Downers Grove courthouse include:
- Class A misdemeanor Aggravated Speeding tickets (Speeding 35+ mph over the speed limit): The maximum fine for Class A aggravated speeding tickets is $2,500. The maximum time in jail is one year. Upon conviction, there is the potential for a license suspension or license revocation.
- Class B misdemeanor Aggravated Speeding tickets (Speeding 26 – 34 mph over the speed limit): The maximum fine for Class B aggravated speeding tickets is $1,500. The maximum time in jail is 180 days. Upon conviction, there is the potential for a license suspension or license revocation.
- Speeding tickets – Speeding 1-25 mph over the speed limit: Regular speeding tickets are petty traffic violations. The maximum potential penalty on a petty traffic ticket is $1,000. Upon conviction, there is also the potential for a license suspension or license revocation.
- Class A misdemeanor Driving while License Suspended Tickets (DWLS): The maximum fine for this ticket is $2,500. The maximum time in jail is one year. Felony cases for driving while license is suspended are not cases heard at this courthouse.
- Class A misdemeanor Driving While License Revoked Tickets (DWLR): The maximum fine for this ticket is $2,500. The maximum time in jail is one year. Felony cases for driving while license is revoked are not cases heard at this courthouse.
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident Tickets: The maximum fine for this ticket is $2,500. The maximum time in jail is one year. Felony cases for leaving the scene of an accident, which typically involve personal injury or death, are not court cases heard at this courthouse.
If you are required to appear for a Downers Grove ticket, contact us immediately for assistance. A lawyer will be available to help you in your traffic ticket. Failing to appear for your traffic case at 4000 Saratoga Avenue at the proper date and time may result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest and imprisonment. Other potential penalties for failing to appear may include a default judgment, bond forfeiture, or the entry of an ex-parte conviction on your driver’s record. Collateral consequences may also be imposed by third parties, such as an increase in insurance premiums, suspension of driver’s license, suspension of motor vehicle license plates, or the requirement to carry SR-22 insurance.
The Courthouse itself is also American Legion Post #80. There is no security checkpoint for this courthouse. There is only one courtroom. A traffic call list is posted outside of the courtroom. Camera phones are permitted inside the courtroom, but must be turned off. Dangerous weapons, including knives or firearms, are not permitted within the Downers Grove Courthouse. Downers Grove ticket court calls are at 8:30 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. Doors to the building open 15 minutes prior to the Court call.
The primary prosecuting agency at this location is the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. Municipalities which also prosecute traffic tickets in the Downers Grove Field Courthouse include the cities of Downers Grove, Warrenville, and Woodridge. Also, Illinois State Police troopers from Districts 3, 4, 5, and 15 write tickets for this courthouse. Most aggravated speeding tickets written for traveling greater than 26 mph over the speed limit in a 55 or 60 mph zone on I-88 are written by Illinois State Police District 15.
As is standard practice in DuPage County, Defendants with lawyers are called before Defendants without lawyers. No Defendant is to check in with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. Their name will be called by the Clerk. Defendants pleading guilty to misdemeanor level offenses are required to sign a written waiver of jury trial and a notice of appeal rights. Bench trials are typically called at the end of the court call, after all other matters have been heard. As of August, 2016, the presiding judge does not permit appearances by power of attorney with the exception of commercial drivers license holders.