Marshall, IL 62441
2nd Floor, Courthouse
Marshall, IL 62441
- What is the status of my case? When is my next court
You may find information about your case online at:
- Do I need an attorney for my case?
Receiving a traffic ticket is always an unpleasant experience and if
you are unfamiliar with the court system, trying to resolve a traffic ticket
can be confusing and stressful. For this reason, many people choose to have
an attorney represent them in their traffic cases. The decision to hire an
attorney is entirely your own.
Depending on the type of offense you are charged with, you may have the
right to an attorney appointed for you by the court if you cannot afford one
of your own. If you do have such a right, the judge will explain it to you
when you come to court.
- Can I ask an attorney from the State's Attorney's
office for advice?
Attorney's from the Clark County's State's Attorney's office are
responsible for prosecuting all traffic tickets issued within the county.
Because these attorneys represent the people of the State of Illinois as a
whole, they are legally prohibited from giving legal advice to people
charged with crimes - even those charged with minor traffic offenses.
Furthermore, because attorneys working for the State's Attorney's office are
the ones assigned to prosecute you case, anything you tell them could be
used in court. Your best option is to consult your own attorney.
- Do I need to appear in court for my ticket?
Some traffic tickets do not require a court appearance. Take a
careful look at the bottom of your ticket to determine whether you need to
appear in court at all. Many minor tickets may be marked, "No court
appearance required." If your ticket is marked, "Court appearance required,"
then you must appear on the date indicated on your ticket.
- I just want to pay my ticket. What do I need to do?
If your ticket is marked "No appearance required," you may pay
your ticket at the Circuit Clerk's office on the first floor of the
courthouse. Simply check the appropriate box on the back of your ticket and
turn it in to the Circuit Clerk.
- I received a no insurance ticket, but I was insured at
the date of the ticket.
If you have proof that the vehicle you were driving was insured on the
day you got your ticket, simply show that proof at the State's Attorney's
office prior to the court date, or bring the proof to the court on the court
date and the ticket will be dismissed.
- Will this ticket suspend my drivers license?
Your drivers license status is something decided entirely by the Illinois
Secretary of State. The Clark County State's Attorney's office is not
involved in issuing drivers licenses, or suspending them. Direct questions
in this regard to the Secretary of State's office at 1-800-252-8980
- I cannot come to court on the date on my ticket. How
can I reschedule?
All court dates are set by the judge who presides over traffic court. In
order to reschedule your court date, you will need to file a motion to
continue and have that motion granted by the judge before the date you are
trying to change, there is no guarantee the motion may be granted.
- I missed my court date, what will happen now?
It is important to be present at all required court dates. If
you fail to appear, several things can happen. If the ticket is for a minor
offense, the Court will usually enter a judgment against you, just as if you
had pled guilty. You will be responsible for any fines assessed by the
In the cases of misdemeanor or felony, if you fail to appear for court,
the judge may issue a warrant for your arrest. Any bond you have previously
posted may be ordered forfeited.