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How Illinois’ DMV Point System Works

December 21st, 2017 at 8:19 am

DMV point system, driving record, penalty points, Rolling Meadows traffic violations lawyer, traffic violationsUnder Illinois’ DMV point system, Illinois drivers are assigned penalty points for a wide array of traffic violations. The more serious the violation the more points that the DMV will add to the driver’s record. For example, a driver who fails to obey a traffic sign will generally have 20 points added to his or her driver’s license while, on the other hand, a driver who is caught driving recklessly will often be assigned 55 points.

If you have recently accumulated a few minor traffic citations, or if you have broken a serious rule of the road, then it is important to be aware of how many points you currently have and the impact that these points can have on your ability to retain your driving privileges in Illinois.

The Impact of Points on Your Driving Record

Under Illinois’ DMV point system, a driver who receives three or more traffic citations within a 12-month period will generally have accumulated enough points on his or her record to be penalized with an administrative revocation or suspension of his or her driver’s license.

Furthermore, if your license is suspended due to having added too many points to your record during a 12-month period, then the length of the suspension is determined in part by how many points you currently have on your record and in part by whether or not the DMV has revoked or suspended your driver’s license within the past seven years.

Is it Possible to Reduce the Number of Points that I Have?

In other states a qualifying driver can reduce the number of points that have accumulated on his or her license by completing a driving safety course. Unfortunately, however, this option is not currently available to drivers in Illinois.

The only way to have points removed from your Illinois driver’s license is to wait the prescribed time period. Still, under some circumstances, Illinois drivers may be able to avoid adding points to their records in the first place by enrolling in a defensive driving course. This is because some courts in Illinois will allow a driver to take such a course in order to prevent additional points from being added to their record. Also, a local traffic violations lawyer may be able to help limit the number of points that will be added to your record by negotiating a reduced offense on your behalf.

Need Legal Advice? Contact Rolling Meadows Traffic Violations Lawyer Chris Cosley

If you have received a traffic ticket in Illinois and would like to learn more about how such a citation may impact the number of points on your record, contact dedicated Rolling Meadows traffic violations lawyer Chris Cosley today to schedule a free initial consultation. At The Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley we are often able to successfully negotiate reduced offenses for our traffic violations clients. Call 847-394-3200 today.

Source:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_dc19.pdf

The Difference Between Moving Violations and Non-Moving Violations in Illinois

February 8th, 2017 at 9:06 am

non-moving violations, Rolling Meadows Traffic Violations LawyerWhen it comes to traffic violations in Illinois, there are two different categories of offenses: moving violations and non-moving violations. A moving violation occurs when a vehicle is in motion, such as while you are driving or while you are backing up. A non-moving violation occurs when a vehicle is not in motion or is parked. The vehicle could be running and not moving when you get a non-moving violation.

Examples of Moving and Non-Moving Violations

Examples of moving violations include speeding, reckless or dangerous driving, drag racing, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, following too closely, not using turn signals, disobeying posted traffic signs or lights, and texting while driving. Examples of non-moving violations include parking violations, stopping in a no-stop zone, or having an unregistered vehicle or an expired vehicle registration.

Does the Distinction Between a Moving Violation and a Non-Moving Violation Matter?

Whether a violation occurred while the vehicle is in motion has a lot of bearing on the seriousness of the offense. After all, if the vehicle is in motion when a driver commits a traffic violation, such as speeding or failing to use proper turn signals, then there is a chance that other people could get hurt as a result, whether they are other drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists who share the roadway. A non-moving violation poses substantially less threat of harm to others since the vehicle is not in motion when the violation occurs.

Other Differences Between Moving Violations and Non-Moving Violations

  • The cost of the fine. A majority of traffic offenses are minor infractions of the law, and are punishable by a fine. Citations for non-moving violations tend to be slightly less expensive than citations for moving violations.
  • Whether the violation is reported to your auto insurance provider. Non-moving traffic violations are typically not reported to your automobile insurance provider , while moving violations are reported. Insurance providers use moving violations as a justification to raise insurance premiums.
  • Moving violations result in points being added to your driver’s license. If you are convicted of a moving violation, i.e., you pay the fine associated with your citation, then points will be added to your driver’s license by the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles. If you accumulate too many points on your driver’s license in too short a period of time, then your driving privileges can be suspended by the Illinois Secretary of State.

Strict Liability Violations

Certain types of traffic violations are considered strict liability offenses, meaning that by the driver simply committing the act, the driver is guilty of the traffic violation. There are several different strict liability traffic offenses under Illinois law, and include but are not limited to the following:

  • Speeding;
  • Not using turn signals when making a turn;
  • Disobeying traffic signs or traffic lights;
  • Parking in a handicap space without the proper authorization; and
  • Other parking violations.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

It is important to challenge moving violations if you believe that the ticketing police officer improperly cited you. Consult with an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic violations lawyer to learn more about fighting your moving violation traffic ticket.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-601.5

Why it is Important to Fight Your Illinois Speeding Ticket

February 1st, 2017 at 9:37 am

Illinois Speeding Ticket , Rolling Meadows Traffic Violations LawyerMany drivers have traveled slightly too fast while behind the wheel at some point in their driving career. It certainly is not very difficult to exceed the posted speed limit, especially when everyone around you on the road is speeding as well. Drivers can get caught up in the flow of traffic and keep pace with the other vehicles around them. They do not realize that they have exceeded the speed limit until it is too late and a law enforcement officer stops them and issues them a ticket for speeding.

Speeding is often treated as a minor traffic violation. However, if you receive a speeding ticket for driving more than 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, it can result in a misdemeanor charge under 625 ILCS 5/11-601.5. A less serious situation may arise when you get a speeding ticket for driving less than 25 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, which results in a citation where the penalty is the payment of a civil fine.

Most people who are issued a ticket for speeding simply pay their fine and go on their way. But by paying a fine for your speeding ticket you are admitting your guilt or that you plead no contest to the speeding charges that have been lodged against you.

Simply paying the fine associated with your speeding ticket can have a lot of unintended consequences of which you may not be aware. For instance, points will be added to your driver’s license, and if you accrue too many points, your license could be suspended. Additionally, too many points on your driver’s license will likely end up costing you more in terms of your auto insurance premiums.

Some Speeding Tickets Are More Serious Than Others

Certain speeding tickets are more serious than others in Illinois, meaning that some speeding offenses carry more severe punishment because of special considerations involving where the speeding took place. For instance:

  • School zone speeding violations. Speeding offenses committed near school zones during the day when children are at the school are considered special speeding violations.
  • Work zone speeding violations. Speeding violations that are committed in a work zone or on an area of highway that is under construction are also special speeding violations. Drivers must drive through construction areas and work zones at the posted speed regardless of whether workers are present or not.

Can You Get a Ticket for Driving Too Slowly in Illinois?

Under Illinois law it is possible for drivers to be given a ticket for driving too slowly. Drivers are not permitted to drive so slowly that they obstruct the normal flow of traffic. There are many situations that warrant drivers slowing down well below the posted speed limit, such as when there is an accident, traffic, or emergency vehicles on the side of the road. But when the regular flow of traffic is obstructed, there are minimum speed regulations with which the drivers are required to comply.

Got a Speeding Ticket? Talk to Us

If you have been issued a speeding ticket, a traffic violations lawyer will know how to fight your speeding ticket. You should consult with an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic violations lawyer about fighting your speeding ticket and for professional help with your case.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/documents/062500050K11-601.5.htm

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-606

How to Fight Your Traffic Ticket

January 23rd, 2017 at 11:01 am

traffic ticket, Rolling Meadows Traffic Violations Lawyer Admittedly, no one enjoys getting a traffic or speeding ticket in Illinois. Getting a ticket can be inconvenient, costly, and time-consuming. Many people find the whole process of being issued a ticket, and then having to deal with the aftermath of the ticket, to be immensely frustrating. Indeed, that is why so many people simply go to the courthouse or go online to pay the fine associated with their traffic citation. Still, what a lot of people do not realize is that by simply paying the fine associated with your traffic citation, you are effectively pleading guilty or no contest to the alleged traffic offense.

By pleading not guilty or no contest the  alleged traffic offense, there are many additional consequences that go along with the payment of your traffic citation fine. For instance, it could also result in:

  • Points being added to your driving record;
  • The loss of your driver’s license;
  • Increased automobile insurance premium; and  
  • Attendance at a mandatory driver’s education program.

Needless to say, the consequences associated with pleading guilty or no contest to a traffic violation are many and serious. That is why it is so critically important that you fight your traffic ticket if you do not believe that you have broken the law. By working with an experienced traffic citation defense lawyer, you can fight against the charges pending against you and get your traffic offense dropped, dismissed, or reduced. You need to protect your rights and you should receive fair treatment under the law if you have been issued a traffic ticket. An experienced traffic offenses attorney can help you fight your traffic citation.

What Does it Mean to Fight a Traffic Ticket?

In Illinois it is not very difficult to indicate to the traffic court that you would like to fight your traffic ticket, although the rules regarding traffic court do vary from county to county. As a general rule, the way that you would initiate your fight is by pleading not guilty to the alleged traffic offense. You will need to make sure that you plead to the appropriate traffic court, i.e., the court that is designated on your traffic citation, and in the appropriate manner. Once you have pled not guilty, you will be scheduled to appear in traffic court where you will present to the judge your case as to why you are not guilty.

Let Us Help You with Your Case

It is to your benefit to retain the services of an experienced traffic violations defense lawyer when fighting your traffic citation. A traffic violations lawyer will know the specifics of the traffic court, can help you build your case, and can represent you in court. If you believe that you were issued a traffic ticket in error, then you should consult with an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic violations lawyer about fighting your ticket.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-601.5

Consequences of Pleading Guilty To A Traffic Citation

September 20th, 2016 at 11:07 am

Consequences of Pleading Guilty To A Traffic CitationMany drivers in Illinois are stopped by law enforcement and issued traffic citations when they allegedly violate one of Illinois many traffic laws. While a ticket could be embarrassing, or might make you mad, you must take some sort of action regarding your traffic ticket.

Consequences of Pleading Guilty to a Traffic Violation

Most tickets are simple to deal with, and many do not even require the driver to appear in court. There are many types of traffic tickets that can simply be paid over the internet or at the courthouse.  Many drivers elect to pay their fine and be done with their ticket. But payment of the ticket fine is effectively the same as pleading guilty to your traffic citation.

Countless Illinois drivers do not realize that this is the case and are surprised to learn that there are consequences for paying the fine and effectively pleading guilty to a traffic offense. For instance, in some cases, it can mean that points will be added to your driver’s license by the Illinois Driver Services Department. If you get too many points on your driver’s license in a certain amount of time, your driver’s license can be suspended. The more points you have on your driver’s license also translates to increased car insurance premium rates.

Paying the fine on your traffic ticket will also create a record of your admission of guilt in your driving record, which is maintained by the Illinois Driver Services Department. This record is communicated to law enforcement and government agencies in other states.

While it is important to deal with your traffic ticket as soon as possible (as traffic tickets always come with a date by which payment is due), you do not have to admit guilt. You can always fight any traffic ticket that is issued to you in court. A skilled Illinois traffic offenses lawyer can help you make your case to the court, and it may be possible to get your charges and fine reduced, if not dropped completely.

What Happens if You Ignore Your Ticket?

Pretending that your traffic ticket never happened is not a good idea either. If you do not pay the fine for your ticket, or you fail to make a scheduled court appearance, it can result in a judgment against you and a warrant could be issued for your arrest. It is also likely that if you ignore a traffic ticket, your driver’s license will be suspended.

Got A Traffic Ticket? Talk To Us

Traffic tickets happen to drivers all the time, and if you believe that you were wrongly ticketed, then you should consult with an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic violations lawyer about fighting your ticket. We are eager to assist you today.

Source:
http://www.ilga.gov/JCAR/AdminCode/092/092010400000200R.html

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