Aurora Traffic Ticket Attorney
About Illinois Traffic Tickets
If you have been charged with a traffic offense in Illinois, you need to take this matter very seriously. Traffic offenses are the single most common type of "criminal" offense. There are well over a hundred types of traffic violations one can commit on an Illinois roadway. Convictions for traffic violations can lead to costly fines and court costs, cause skyrocketing insurance premiums, and trigger a discretionary suspension or revocation of your Illinois driver's license.
Many of us rely heavily on our ability to drive a motor vehicle with a valid driver's license, and we often times take this "privilege" for granted. With very few options for public transportation, keeping your license valid is a necessity. Many of us rely on driving a motor vehicle to support our livelihoods, whereas there are some of us whose ability to legally drive is their livelihood, as in the case of CDL (Commercial Driver's License) drivers.
Convictions for "moving violations" will assign "points" against your driver's license. The Illinois Secretary of State will suspend your Illinois driver's license if you have too many convictions. The length of your suspension will be determined by the amount of "points" assigned against you.
Additionally, "points" assigned for convictions of "moving violations" are not equal. Generally speaking, the more serious the traffic offense you are convicted of, the more "points" you will have assigned against your Illinois driver's license.
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As previously mentioned, there are many different types of traffic violations.
In order to have a better understanding, we have grouped certain traffic violations and provided examples of each:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Although this is a Class A misdemeanor, it should really be in its own category. This offense may carry with it a statutory summary suspension in addition to the underlying criminal offense. DUI is one of the most serious traffic offenses one can commit.
- Misdemeanor moving violations: These are traffic tickets that are also criminal misdemeanors. Examples are: Leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a suspended or revoked license, speeding 35+ mph over the limit, and reckless driving. In addition to the underlying criminal offense, your license can also be suspended or revoked upon conviction.
- Petty offense moving violations: These are your standard types of non-misdemeanor moving violations. Examples are: General speeding, disobeying a stop sign, improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and failure to yield.
- Business violations: When driving a vehicle on an Illinois roadway, there are certain requirements your vehicle must have in order to be in compliance with the Illinois Secretary of State. Examples are: Valid liability insurance, and valid vehicle registration.
- Equipment violations: When driving a vehicle on an Illinois roadway, your vehicle needs to comply with equipment requirements so as not to create a hazard for other drivers. Examples are: Unsecured load, broken tail light, and cracked or obstructed windshield.
- Overweight violations: This usually applies to CDL drivers who have exceeded the weight restrictions permissible on their commercial motor vehicle.
In Illinois, court supervision is available for most, but not all, traffic violations. If you are granted court supervision, no “points" will be assigned against your record. However, if you have a CDL, "points" may be assigned against your CDL regardless if you receive court supervision. Court supervision is an excellent opportunity to avoid a conviction and not have "points" assigned against your record.
However, if you receive court supervision for a moving violation, the record of your court supervision will remain on your driving record permanently. I have heard many lawyers say to their clients, "If you receive court supervision, it will not be on your record." To put it simply, this is totally wrong. What they should say is, "If you receive court supervision, it will not appear on your driving record as a conviction." Illinois law provides for a maximum of two dispositions of court supervision for any traffic violation committed within a 12 month period. Your driving record will reflect how many traffic violations you have received, and the disposition of either supervision or a conviction for each traffic violation.
Penalties for Traffic Tickets in Illinois
There is a wide variety of mandatory minimum and maximum fines for various traffic violations. Fines for petty traffic offenses can be as high as $1,000.00, while fines for misdemeanor offenses are up to $2,500.00. In addition to fines and court costs, convictions for some traffic violations can trigger a mandatory suspension of your Illinois driver's license. There are also some traffic violations in which you cannot receive court supervision.
The presiding judge can also sentence you to perform public service work, attend a four hour or eight hour driver safety course (traffic school), probation, or can sentence you to a term of up to one year in county jail for misdemeanor traffic violations.
We have dedicated pages to specific traffic offenses on this website. For more information about your specific case, please feel free to click on the applicable page.
Contact an Aurora Traffic Attorney
Traffic tickets will affect everyone at some time in their life. Most people will receive at least one traffic ticket in their lifetime, and some will receive multiple traffic tickets in a single year. Your driver's license is your livelihood and you depend on your ability to drive to care for yourself, and those that depend on you. We have over twenty years of combined traffic court experience, as traffic prosecutors and as traffic defense attorneys, and we can help you avoid costly penalties and/or the suspension of your driver's license. If you have been charged with a traffic violation, contact our office and we will advise you on all of your available options. We understand the importance of a valid driver's license and we will use our knowledge and experience to secure the best possible results.
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