Check your ticket for a hearing date and time. Some traffic violations automatically receive a hearing date. Others do not. If a hearing date and time does not appear on your ticket, you should ask for a hearing. To do so, follow the instructions on your ticket. If you have questions, call the city of Chicago’s Department of Administrative Hearings at (312) 742-4747.
You can appoint someone to go to the hearing for you if you can’t make it. To do so, you must write a letter authorizing the person to appear on your behalf. If the hearing is about a vehicle impoundment, the letter will need to be notarized. Having the letter notarized shows that it is valid and not fake. You can find a notary at most currency exchanges or banks.
If your hearing date arrives, and you need more time to prepare your case, you can ask the hearing officer for a continuance and a new hearing date will be scheduled. The hearing officer should grant you a continuance if you provide a good reason for why you need one.
Witness refuses to attend
If a witness refuses to attend the hearing, you can explain to the hearing officer why the witness is important and ask him or her to issue a subpoena. A subpoena is a court order demanding that the witness come to the hearing. You will need the witness’s name and address.
Hearing officers rarely issue subpoenas. They tend to be issued only when the hearing officer is convinced that the witness has important information that could change the outcome of the case.