Arrowhead Justice Court Precinct

Justice Court has authority to dismiss certain cases – Craig Wismer / Peoria Times

October 21st, 2016 – The Arrowhead Justice Court has in place what is, in my opinion, an appropriate process to exercise its statutory authority to dismiss a certain criminal charge on its own initiative; by that, I mean without state involvement. The charge in question is driving on a suspended license, a Class 1 misdemeanor and is one of, if not the most-cited, criminal traffic offenses.

By law, for a court to dismiss this particular criminal charge, the following criteria must be met: 1) the suspension of the defendant’s license was only due to the nonpayment of a civil traffic fine imposed by a court, and 2) the defendant reinstated his or her driver’s license. If those criteria are satisfied, and only then, the court is permitted to dismiss the charge, the outcome being that the defendant has neither a criminal conviction, nor criminal record…  Read the rest on