Understanding Punishments for Common Traffic Violations
On an annual basis, hundreds of thousands of Americans are pulled over for violating basic traffic laws. While the vast majority of people will simply accept their ticket, pay the fee, and move on, these violations can have drastic implications on your driving future. Here in the state of Illinois, paying a traffic violation ticket will result in a mark against your driving record. Repeat driving offenses can result in license suspension or possible permanent loss of driving privileges. If you have been given a traffic ticket, it is critically important to consult with an experienced legal team, before making any decisions regarding the violations.
Traffic Violations and Consequences
Within the Illinois Administrative Code, every traffic violation results in a number of points on your driving record. Accumulating a high number of points can result in license suspension or revocation. As stated in Illinois Section 1040.30, minor violations such as a non-working light or a speeding violation less than 10 mph over the legal limit, will likely result in no more than a 10 point penalty. The worse the offense, the higher the point penalty, as traveling more than 15 mph over the speed limit, can result in a penalty of up to 20 points, while reckless driving charges come with a penalty of 55 points.
Understanding the point system within the state of Illinois can help you recognize if your license may be in jeopardy. Point totals over 15, could constitute a two-month license suspension. If a driver accumulated more than 75 points on their license, they could face a six-month driving suspension, point totals over 110 could result in permanent license revocation.
It is important to note, that certain offenses, such as an aggravated DUI, or passing a school bus that is unloading students, could result in an immediate suspension or revocation, and possible criminal charges.
Illinois drivers need to understand that paying a ticket acts as a conviction, and usually leads to point penalties on your license. If a person is convicted of three traffic violations within a 12-month period, they will likely face suspension. For drivers under the age of 21, two traffic convictions within a two-year window can result in immediate suspension. If you are ticketed for a traffic violation, it is crucial to inform your attorney, as soon as possible.
Contact a Cook County Traffic Violation Lawyer
At Aldrich and Siedlarz Law, P.C., we firmly believe that no one should lose their driving privileges due to one mistake. Contacting a knowledgeable attorney after receiving a violation can ensure that you do not face potential license suspension, revocation, or costly insurance hikes. With years of experience representing clients of various backgrounds (our team offers bilingual consultations for Polish speaking clients), our legal team can help reduce the potential ramifications of a violation. To schedule a free consultation with a Lombard traffic crime attorney, call us today at 630-953-3000.