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St. Charles traffic ticket lawyers

A sizable percentage of drivers have been charged with a traffic violation at one time or another, whether due to speeding, a tail light being out, an expired license plate, or another offense. Some offenses are more serious than others, but they all can end up costing drivers money. So what happens if you get a ticket and you do not have the money to pay?

In 1983, the U.S. Supreme Court made it illegal for judges to send defendants to jail if they are unable to pay their court fines. However, it is still legal for them to send people to jail if they are unwilling to pay their fines. This is a distinction that, left in the hands of judges, ends up landing many lower income citizens behind bars, when in reality, they may not have the funds to cover their fines.

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Naperville Traffic Ticket Lawyer

A society cannot thrive in safety without rules and regulations. When it comes to traffic laws, they exist for the sole purpose of keeping drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and all other people safe. The violation of traffic laws can lead to extremely dangerous situations, but when someone violates them while in a construction zone, it increases the potential danger.

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were 6,741 work zone crashes nationwide in 2016. During those accidents, 765 people were killed and 1,893 injured. Illinois has some of the most strict construction zone traffic laws in the country, so it is important you understand what to do and not do. Here are a few things you need to know about Illinois construction zone traffic tickets:

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illinois traffic lawyerMost of us have been there – you are on your way somewhere, running late of course, and you see those flashing blue and red lights in your rear view mirror. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of guilty dread. As a licensed driver in Illinois, it is important to be familiar with all of the traffic violations and penalties that exist, so as to avoid hearing those words, “License and registration, please.” Illinois uses a point system to assess driving records. Under this system, you will receive a certain number of points on your driving record (depending on the offense) if you have been convicted of a traffic violation. These point values can range from five to fifty. Here are just few examples of Illinois traffic violations and their point values:

  • Reckless driving - 55 points
  • Driving too fast for conditions - 10 points
  • Driving over the speed limit

    • 1-10 mph over - 5 points
    • 11-14 mph over - 15 points
    • 15-25 mph over - 20 points
    • >25 mph over - 50 points
    • Driving below the minimum speed limit- 5 points

In some cases, drivers can enroll in a traffic safety school in order to reduce their points or to keep violations off of their records. However, if you have been convicted of three traffic violations within a 12-month period, your license will be revoked or suspended. The length of your revocation or suspension depends on how many points you have on your driving record. It is also possible to be subject to a license suspension if you accumulate a certain number of points. If you have accumulated 15+ points as a first-time offender, your license could be suspended from two-12 months. If you have accumulated 15+ points as a repeat offender, the suspension can last from four-12 months. It is important to be aware of the rules and consequences that await you when you get out onto the road. If you have been charged with a traffic violation, be sure to contact an experienced Illinois criminal attorney to represent you and defend your case.

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