If you have received a ticket for zero tolerance, possession of drugs, or possession of drug paraphernalia, and you are under the age of twenty-one, you have three options. Note that all of the information contained below is for first-time offenders. If the Park Ridge Police Department issued a ticket or tickets to you for the same violation that has already been adjudicated, the amounts of the fines below and the drug/alcohol assessment program will be different.
- Pay the $1,000 fine plus $40.00 in court costs. Plead guilty or no contest to the charge and pay a fine of $1,000 and court costs of $40.00. The City will report this conviction to the Secretary of State for alcohol violations.
- Attend Drug/Alcohol Education and Counseling Program
- You must attend and complete one of the drug/alcohol assessment programs by the deadline set by the order and complete all education and treatment recommendations.
- You must provide the Court with documentation from one of the listed agencies that you completed the assessment/education/recommendations. If you select this option, the fine will be reduced to $140 ($100 plus $40 in court costs). You must also pay the cost of the assessment/program.
- Your case will be continued for two months. If the Administrative Adjudication Division receives notification that you successfully completed the assessment/program by the deadline the ticket will be dismissed at the hearing date. You must authorize that the program is allowed to provide the City of Park Ridge with written verification that you successfully completed the program.
- Contest the Ticket
If you decide to contest the ticket, the Hearing Officer will hold a hearing regarding your ticket. If you are found liable by the Hearing Officer, you will be fined $1,000 for the first offense. The City will report this conviction to the Secretary of State for alcohol violations.
The following assessment programs are available for your consideration. All of these programs are accepted by District 207. Parents are required to participate for high school students. Parents are not required to attend college-age students. Attached is detailed information, including contact information for each program. A brief summary is listed below.
1131 S. Dee Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068
*This program is only available to students enrolled in Maine Township High School District 207.
3633 W. Lake Avenue, Suite 305 906 Davis Street
Glenview, IL 60026 Evanston, IL 60201
2010 E. Algonquin Road, Suite 207
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Omni Youth Services
210 N Wolf Road
Wheeling, IL 60090
847-353-1500 ext. 164
If you decide to contest your ticket and the Hearing Officer finds you liable for a zero-tolerance, underage drinking, or underage possession of alcohol violation or if you decide to plead guilty or to plead no contest and pay the fine for any of those offenses, the City is required to report that conviction to the Secretary of State pursuant to a law that went into effect on January 1, 2008, and your driver’s license will be suspended. Alternatively, if you agree to complete one of the drug/alcohol education and counseling programs, the City will treat the matter as a deferred prosecution and will dismiss the matter if the selected option is completed by the deadline.
The City Prosecutor will discuss these options with the respondent.
College Students/Away from Home
If you are attending a college/university outside the Chicagoland metropolitan area, you may complete the assessment at a certified program at the college/university. All of the programs listed will validate alternate programs at your college or university. Some programs may require a fee for this.