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The Consequences of Driving Without Insurance in Illinois

September 18th, 2017 at 9:32 am

Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney, driving without insurance, traffic offenses, Illinois traffic offense, suspended driver's licenseIn Illinois, drivers are required by the Illinois State Legislature Vehicle Code to carry at least a minimum amount of auto insurance. Currently, in order to meet our state’s auto insurance requirements, Illinois drivers must carry at least the following amounts of liability insurance:

  • $25,000 for bodily injury per person,
  • $50,000 for bodily injury coverage per accident,
  • $20,000 for property damage,
  • $25,000 for uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per person, and
  • $50,000 for uninsured motorist bodily injury coverage per accident.

Some people mistakenly believe that driving without adequate auto insurance in Illinois is not a big deal; however, in reality, drivers who are caught failing to meet our state’s insurance requirements suffer a number of different consequences, the most severe of which are outlined below.

Fines for Driving Without Adequate Insurance

Under code section 625 ILCS 5/3-707 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, fines for a first offense of driving without adequate auto insurance in Illinois range from $500 to $1,000 while repeat offenders are required to pay a $1,000 fine for an ordinary violation and a $2,500 fine if they were caught after causing an accident in which someone else was injured.

Additionally, Illinois residents who are convicted of driving without adequate insurance also have to pay an additional $100 reinstatement fee to get their driving privileges back if their driver’s license is suspended because they drove without adequate insurance.

Other Consequences

Illinois residents who are caught driving without adequate insurance can also have their driver’s licenses suspended. Generally speaking, a first time offender will have his or her driver’s license suspended for three months, at the end of which the license will be reinstated if the offender is able to show proof of insurance and pay the reinstatement fee.

However, each license suspension comes with certain provisions that must be abided by or else the suspension will be extended for an additional six months. Furthermore, it should be noted that driving on a suspended licenses in Illinois is a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.

Additionally, a driver who has been caught driving without adequate auto insurance may find that when he or she is able to obtain insurance, he or she will be required to pay higher insurance rates than drivers who do not have such a blemish on their record.

Consult With a Local Attorney

If you have been caught driving without adequate insurance in Illinois, then you are likely facing fines, having your driver’s license suspended, and perhaps other additional penalties. However, the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley may be able to help.

Attorney Chris Cosley is an experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney who tirelessly fights for his clients’ rights and driving privileges and helps them avoid criminal convictions whenever possible. Contact the office today.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K3-707

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

E-Ticketing for Traffic Violations is Catching on in Illinois

April 18th, 2016 at 9:11 am

Illinois e-ticketing for traffic violations, Rolling Meadows Traffic Offenses LawyerTraditionally when a driver is stopped in Illinois for a traffic offense, the police officer approaches the driver’s vehicle, asks for the driver’s license and registration, and then asks a handful of other questions. If the officer is going to issue a ticket, the officer must complete the citation form by hand. Filling out the ticket form by hand can present a lot of problems, such as transcribing down information about the driver, vehicle, or offense incorrectly on the form, or the officer’s handwriting could be illegible.

Such problems with handwritten tickets are typically a boon to Illinois drivers. While minor mistakes on a traffic citation generally will not cause your ticket to be thrown out in court (such as an incorrectly cited make of vehicle or vehicle color), a material error (for example, a ticket issued to the wrong name), or a ticket that is completely illegible could get your charges dismissed.  

However, police are starting to adopt new technology that will help make the information that is inputted on traffic citations more clear, easier to read, and easier to transmit electronically. In the southwest of Illinois, counties are beginning to adopt new technology for issuing traffic tickets. The new process is called e-ticketing, and has been adopted in both Madison County and Bond County, with much satisfaction for law enforcement officers, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

How Does the Electronic System Work?

The process allows for police officers to scan a driver’s license and store a copy of the license digitally along with the completed ticket in the officer’s car computer. The ticket is a blank digital form into which the officer can type the necessary information. Once the form is completed, the officer can print the form on a small printer located in his or her squad car, and can deliver the printed ticket to the offending driver.

The system allows for police officers to stay in the safety of their vehicles while writing up the ticket, and is considerably quicker than filling out a traditional hand-written ticket. This translates into shorter traffic stops.

Will This System be Adopted in the Northeast of the State?

There is no word yet on whether this technology will be brought to the Chicago and Rolling Meadows area any time soon. But like with all new technology, something that works well and is well liked in one population will soon be adopted by nearby neighbors.  

Let Us Assist You Today

Getting a traffic ticket is unfortunate; however, it should be treated seriously. If you have received a speeding or traffic ticket, you should contact a Rolling Meadows traffic offenses lawyer immediately. Our attorneys can help you with your case.

Source:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/madison-county-deputies-using-quicker-electronic-traffic-tickets/article_ee9ba64d-dc28-54e6-90b7-e77a972f6ec5.html

Police Conduct Active Searches for Illinois Distracted Drivers

April 1st, 2016 at 7:23 am

Illinois distracted drivers, Illinois Traffic Offenses LawyerA significant number of people in Illinois drive while distracted—a action which can lead drivers to be issued a traffic citation. Often, a ticket for distracted driving accompanies some other traffic violation, such as following too closely or speeding and causing an accident.

Even if a distracted driver involved in an accident does not admit that he or she was texting while driving when the accident occurred, law enforcement will typically check a driver’s cellphone records around the time of the accident to determine if the driver was interacting with his or her phone at the time of the accident. 

Many drivers underestimate how seriously Illinois law enforcement takes the issue of distracted driving. However, do not doubt for one second that police are not looking for signs of distracted driving on the road. Texting while driving is illegal under 625 ILCS 5/12-610.2. If you receive a citation for distracted driving, you should contact an experienced traffic violation lawyer immediately.

Examples of Law Enforcement’s Efforts to Catch Distracted Drivers

Police do not specifically sit via roadside and watch for drivers to pass by who are suspiciously looking down at their phone in their laps. Indeed, law enforcement is taking a more careful and inconspicuous approach.

Law enforcement has been known to work in teams, where one officer is stationed up the road from other officers, equipped with no police vehicle to give away his or her position. This officer will observe oncoming drivers for signs that the drivers are driving while distracted. If a suspect is identified, the officer will then radio ahead to his or her team, provide the description of the suspect’s vehicle, and report on what the officer believes the driver was doing while behind the wheel. One of the officers in the team will identify the suspect vehicle and make a stop.

Another approach used by Illinois law enforcement to identify distracted drivers is to staff a van with officers equipped with cameras, and to deploy this vehicle in traffic, according to a recent article published by SaukValley.com. The officers who are passengers in the van will track drivers that are around the van in traffic for any sign of distracted driving. When a suspected distracted driver is identified by the officers in the van, the officers contact another police unit up ahead on the road and relay the important identifying information concerning the suspect vehicle.

An officer in one of the other units makes the traffic stop of the suspected distracted driver.

Let Us Fight for Your Rights

Many drivers get tickets for driving while distracted. Maybe you were expecting an important call, or your kids or a pet was behaving badly in the back seat and distracted you. Whatever the case may be, you need a criminal defense lawyer to help you fight your traffic citation. Please do not hesitate to contact a skilled Rolling Meadows traffic offenses lawyer immediately. We are eager to assist you throughout each step of the case.

Sources:

http://ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K12-610.2

http://www.saukvalley.com/2016/02/29/you-might-be-distracted-but-deputies-wont-be/a8jnm4v/

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