When you get a ticket for speeding in Illinois, it’s usually not too big of a deal You pay the fine, and maybe take a traffic safety course so it is not reported to your public driving record, and you move on. But if you receive another moving violation ticket within a 12-month period, you might need to contact a traffic violations lawyer, as the enforcement of Illinois traffic laws has become more stringent and that additional violation could have further implications.
While it is possible to have the ticket dismissed or the violation reduced, it’s possible a conviction can result in driver’s license suspension. By working with an experienced traffic law attorney, a person can avoid driver’s license suspension and prevent an increase in insurance rates.
The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett has experience defending all types of traffic violations in Illinois and can help you fight any charge, including:
- Speeding tickets
- Seat belt violations
- DUI and drunken driving charges
- Construction zone speeding
- School and bus violations
- Texting while driving
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident
- Leaving the scene of an accident
- Improper lane usage
- Reckless driving
- Driving with expired license plates or registration
- Driving with a suspended or revoked license
- Driving without insurance (or without proof of insurance)
Also, the Illinois Secretary of State uses a unique point system to determine driver’s license suspensions and revocations based on the number of moving violations. A driver 21 or older will have their license suspended if they receive three moving violation convictions within a 12-month period, while a driver under the age of 21 will have their license suspended if they receive two moving violation convictions within a 24-month period.
Every moving violation is assigned a specific number of points, and once a driver reaches the number of convictions outlined above, the Secretary of State will use the total number of points accumulated to determine the duration of suspension or revocation.
Some common violations and points for driving:
|With a non-working head, side, or tail light||10 Points|
|Under the minimum speed limit||5 Points|
|Over the posted limit by:|
|1 to 10 MPH||5 Points|
|11 to 14 MPH||10 Points|
|15 to 25 MPH||20 Points|
|More than 25 MPH||50 Points|
|With disregard for a traffic control device||20 Points|
For those 21 or older, if you have three convictions for traffic violations within a 12-month period your Illinois driver’s license will be suspended as follows:
|0 to 14 points||No action|
|15 to 44 points||2-month suspension|
|45 to 74 points||3-month suspension|
|75 to 89 points||6-month suspension|
|90 to 99 points||9-month suspension|
|100 to 109 points||12-month suspension|
|110 or more points||Revocation|
For those under 21, if you have two convictions for traffic violations within a 24-month period, your Illinois driver’s license will be suspended as follows:
|0 to 9 points||No action|
|10 to 34 points||1-month suspension|
|35 to 49 points||3-month suspension|
|50 to 64 points||6-month suspension|
|65 to 79 points||12-month suspension|
|79 or more points||Revocation|
As you can see, it’s critically important to keep your driving record as clean as possible to avoid any driver’s license suspensions and associated fines. Contact the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett if you are facing multiple traffic violations in Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park or elsewhere in northern Illinois.
How to Fight a Traffic Violation
There are many ways to successfully challenge a traffic ticket, and the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett suggests several approaches:
- Challenge the police officer’s view of what happened. For example, if you were cited for making an unsafe left turn, you may argue that your actions were “safe and responsible” considering the prevailing traffic conditions.
- Challenge the officer’s observations, which could include statements of witnesses, such as passengers or bystanders, who testify to your version of events
- Prove that the violation occurred a “mistake of fact,” where low-hanging or damaged tree branches, for instance, could obscure traffic signs and traffic control devices and cause you to miss them
- Prove your conduct was legally justified, where defenses raising an additional fact or legal point can be successful. (For example, stopping on a busy roadway because of a mechanical failure or emergency phone call.)
- Prove your conduct was necessary to avoid harm, where a car near you might be driving aggressively and force you to take driving action considered illegal
Free Consultation for All Traffic Violations
Attorney Paul M. Marriett is a Rockford-based lawyer who handles all traffic violations and related matters. In many cases, simply obtaining legal counsel causes the offer from the State to change dramatically because the State knows that there are many traffic offenders to get through, and if one attorney files enough discovery motions and wants to fight such a ticket it can be quite a headache for them.
If you retain the Law Office of Paul M. Marriett, not only will we first seek to have your case dismissed by probing all available discovery to see if the evidence against you can sustain the charge levied against you, but if it does look like we can’t beat the charge we can negotiate a favorable plea to your traffic offense to obtain court supervision for the offense, and also a potentially lower assessed fine.
The Law Office of Paul M. Marriett has value pricing for all traffic-related matters in Rockford, Machesney Park, Loves Park, Winnebago County and surrounding Illinois counties and communities. To discuss your traffic ticket with a lawyer, call Marriett Legal today at (815) 391-0089 for a free consultation.