While the good news is that a traffic offense is not usually a criminal offense, the bad news is that if you are charged with a traffic offense in Illinois, you could be looking at a large fine, an increased insurance rate, and points added to your driving record. Which is why if you’re facing a traffic charge, it might be within your best interest to hire a traffic offense lawyer in Skokie who can review the charges and help you to understand your options moving forward, including fighting the charges.
A review of Illinois Traffic Offenses guide, which is published online by the Secretary of State, highlights the fact that there are dozens of different traffic offenses that are recognized in the state. These include, for example:
The specific penalties for a traffic violation are dependent upon the specific offense. For example, driving while under the influence of alcohol is clearly a much more serious offense than is operating a vehicle with squealing or screeching tires (which is an actual offense in Illinois that can result in 10 points on a person’s license!).
In addition to a fine, points assigned to a driver’s license can have serious consequences. The same document cited above explains that points assigned will result in the suspension of a driver’s license when three or more offenses are committed within a 12-month period. For drivers under 21, a license suspension can occur for two or more offenses within a 24-month period.
If you have been issued a citation for a traffic offense, you have a couple of options. First, you can simply pay your traffic ticket online, by mail, or in person. However, this means that you are accepting the traffic charge, and that points will be added to your record.
In some cases, you may have the option of attending traffic school to have points erased from your record.
A third option is to fight the charges. This involves pleading not guilty in traffic court. In order to win this fight, you will need to show that there is not enough evidence to prove your guilt. You will have an opportunity to question the police officer who issued the citation, review evidence against you, bring in witnesses, or even present evidence of your own.
At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, our Skokie traffic offense lawyer is here to provide you with competent legal representation. We offer a clear explanation of the law and your legal options, and work hard to protect your best interests. Please call us today or request a free consultation via our online form.
Senior Partner Jonathan Minkus has successfully defended individuals charged with every conceivable criminal offense, from traffic misdemeanors to death-penalty eligible homicides.