Illinois Driver’s License Point System, Suspensions, and Revocations
In Illinois, there are many ways you can lose your driving privileges. Not paying child support, not appearing in court when you are summoned, not paying traffic tickets or fines, and DUI are ways your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked.
Another common way driver’s license suspensions or revocations take place is when you accumulate too many points on your driving record during a certain period of time. The ability to drive freely is something you do not know how much you would miss until it is gone. It is important to understand the Illinois points system so you can avoid license suspension or revocation.
Illinois License Point System
Like most states, Illinois has a points system that applies to all drivers. Each time you commit a traffic violation, points are assigned to your driving record. The number of points you receive will depend on the violation committed. More serious violations result in a higher number of points, while lesser violations only result in a few points. Examples of common traffic violations and their assigned points include:
- Texting while driving: 20 points;
- Running a red light: 20 points;
- Speeding: 5 to 50 points, depending on how far over the speed limit you are going; and
- Passing a school bus with its arm out: 25 points.
License Suspensions and Revocations
There are only a handful of traffic violations that will result in an automatic driver’s license suspension or revocation. These violations include:
- Driving without a valid driver’s license or permit;
- Using a fake driver’s license;
- Fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer; and
All other traffic violations result in a defined number of points. Illinois law states your license will be suspended or revoked after you have committed three or more traffic offenses within a 12-month period. A judge will determine whether your license will be suspended or revoked and for how long depending on the number of points you have accumulated and the severity of the violations. Points from minor offenses stay on your record for four to five years, while those from violations that result in automatic suspension or revocation remain for at least seven years.
Contact a St. Charles Traffic Violations Defense Attorney
Losing your driving privileges can make your everyday life very difficult. What if you cannot drive to get groceries or pick up your child from school? If you face a driver’s license suspension or revocation, contact a Naperville traffic ticket defense lawyer who can help preserve your ability to drive as needed. At Donahue & Sowa, we will assess all potential options to determine your best course of action. Get in touch with us today at 630-505-5200 to schedule a free consultation.