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TRAFFIC OFFENSES

Traffic tickets and other violations may not seem like a big deal initially, but one or more of these violations on your driving record can quickly become a very serious matter.

Paying your traffic ticket for a minor violation through the mail is convenient, relatively inexpensive and, if supervision is available, may be your best option. While you may be tempted to just pay the ticket and move on, it is often sensible to fight your traffic violations so as to minimize the potential long-term impairments they can have on your driving record.

Convictions May Lead to Suspension of License

Convictions of serious traffic violations or multiple convictions of minor traffic infractions can adversely affect your driving record and lead to the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges, and possibly increase your insurance premiums or require you to acquire SR22 insurance.

Multiple convictions is a basis for the Secretary of State to suspend your license. If you are over 21 years old, three convictions in a 12-month period is cause for suspension. If you are under 21, your license will be suspended if you have two convictions in a 24-month period.

Having your license suspended may cause unforeseen problems in the future. If you drive to and from or for work you will have to find alternate transportation or maybe a new job. Most people cannot do without their driver's license.

Moreover, if you hold a CDL [Commercial Driver's License] you are ineligible for supervision and just one speeding ticket can sometimes keep you from being hired for certain driving jobs.

Regular speeding violations usually result in a significant fine and short-term supervision. But did you know that if you are traveling 26 mph or more over the speed limit, you may be cited with aggravated speeding. In Illinois, this could become a Class B or even a Class A misdemeanor punishable with fines up to $2,500 and up to one year in the county jail. Speeding through a school or construction zone can draw higher penalties as well.

If you have been issued a traffic ticket in Illinois, it is in your best interest to contest it; especially if you operate a commercial vehicle and your career is on the line. You may choose to fight this on your own, but you are likely to obtain a more favorable result if you have qualified legal counsel by your side.

If Your License Has Been Suspended Or Revoked

If your driver's license has already been suspended or revoked you will need an experienced attorney to appear before the Illinois Secretary of State's administrative hearings [formal or informal] for reinstatement of your driving privileges.

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