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Traffic Violations & Offenses

Traffic Violation & Offense Attorneys – Serving Kane County & Kendall County Illinois

Although many people consider traffic offenses to be minor issues that don’t warrant legal help, traffic violations may carry serious consequences.

Traffic Tickets Lawyers

Many Illinois traffic tickets can be paid by mail. However, simply paying a traffic ticket or going to court alone to challenge a ticket may be riskier than you realize. Depending upon the traffic law in question, your past driving record, and even your age, that ticket may put your right to drive at risk. You may also see an increase in your automobile insurance rates. The risk may be even more significant if you hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or are employed as a driver.

Don’t assume that because it’s just a traffic citation, you can go it alone and avoid any serious consequences. Make sure you have the information you need before making a decision about how to proceed and, if necessary, experienced representation in the courtroom.

The Driver’s License Point System

When you are convicted of a traffic offense or plead guilty (including mailing in payment) after being issued a ticket, “points” are assigned. The number of points assigned depends upon the offense. For example, points for speeding are assigned as follows:

1-10 mph over the speed limit – 5 points
11-14 mph over the speed limit – 15 points
15-25 mph over the speed limit – 20 points
More than 25 mph over the speed limit – 50 points

Drivers under the age of 21 who are driving on Graduated Driver’s Licenses or drivers who hold Commercial Driver’s Licenses and are operating their commercial vehicles may be assigned more points for certain offenses.

Accumulation of 15 points or more will result in a driver’s license suspension of at least two months. Subsequent suspensions may be for much longer.

In addition, some traffic offenses directly result in a driver’s license suspension, including:

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle
• Disregarding a railroad-crossing signal
• Reckless driving
• Drag racing

Drivers under the age of 21 may also face direct driver’s license suspensions for offenses that would not necessarily cost an older driver his or her license, including:

• Any alcohol-related offense
• Two moving violations within a two year period
• Violating nighttime driving restrictions

Because of the more significant possible penalties, the impact on driver’s license eligibility and the higher point assignment associated with many violations for drivers under the age of 21, it is particularly important that younger drivers make sure they understand the full ramifications of a conviction before simply paying a ticket or appearing in court without representation.

Traffic Crimes Attorneys

While some traffic violations are deemed “petty offenses” under Illinois law, many are charged as crimes and carry penalties beyond fines and the impact on your driver’s license. Some of the most common traffic crimes include:

Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
• Driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license
• Reckless driving
• Driving more than 25 mph in excess of the speed limit

These crimes, as Class A or Class B misdemeanors, put more than your driver’s license at risk. Being convicted of a misdemeanor can mean jail time, larger fines and a criminal record in addition to the consequences for your driver’s license.

Don’t assume that traffic offenses are inconsequential, or that you can simply write a check and put the incident behind you. Traffic offenses can be expensive, both directly and through increased costs like higher car insurance rates. They can lead directly or indirectly to a driver’s license suspension. In some cases, a traffic offense can mean a criminal history and even jail time.

Get the help you need right now. If you’ve been cited for or charged with violation of an Illinois traffic law, contact us now to find out how we can help you.