Let me start by saying this is CRAZY!@#$%^&*().
I had to go to court the other day for a speeding ticket I got in Hillside. The police officer said he clocked me going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. He told me I would probably get supervision from the judge because I had a good driving record.
Sure enough, I did! The judge stamped the ticket and told me to pay $50 plus court fees to get my license back.
Little did I know the court fees were $135. No, this is not a typo! By the time it was all said and done, I paid $185 for going 15 mph over the speed limit (not even in a construction zone).
The fine breakdown is as follows:
Court Services: $25
Court Automation: $15
Document Storage: $15
Supervision Fee: $25
So I asked why the fine was $105. I was told the judges (at least the ones in Maywood) are charging a mandatory $55 fee on top of the amount of the violation. Then the Clerk of the Circuit Court charges its fees.
What’s even more aggravating is I was told if I had pleaded “not guilty” but was found guilty at trial, I would have only had to pay $75. The speeding violation would have gone on my record and my insurance premiums could have gone up.
I don't deny that I was speeding. I understand I should have to pay a fine. I just don't believe I should be robbed in the process.
So my choices were:
1) Pay $185 and have a free and clear record; or
2) Pay $75 and have my insurance premiums go up.
Sounds like extortion to me.