Traffic Tickets

What is the law on failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident in Illinois?

March 28, 2010
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After a traffic accident, the person who the police officer believes is at fault will get a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident is a petty offense. A petty offense in Illinois is punishable by fine only, with a maximum fine of $1,000. […]

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I got a speeding ticket in Illinois. What is the fine, and will it suspend my driver’s license?

March 20, 2010
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Many people believe they can pay a speeding ticket and the matter is taken care of. However, a speeding ticket can result in driver’s license suspension. Under certain circumstances, a speeding ticket can cause a revoked license. In almost every case of a suspension or revocation, it sneaks up on the driver. For example, the […]

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I got arrested for street racing. What is the sentence for this offense under Illinois law?

March 17, 2010
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Street racing is a criminal offense in the Illinois Vehicle Code, and the penalties can be very serious. The law is 625 ILCS 5/11-506, and it provides that it is illegal to engage in street racing on any highway in the state of Illinois. A highway is generally any public road. It is also against […]

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I got a ticket for driving without a valid driver’s license. What are the penalties in Illinois?

March 17, 2010
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Driving without a valid driver’s license in Illinois is not just a traffic ticket. It can be a criminal offense. The law is set out at 625 ILCS 5/6-101, which provides that it is against the law to operate a motor vehicle on a public highway in Illinois without a license, permit, or restricted driving […]

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What is the penalty for failure to stop at a railroad crossing in Illinois?

March 17, 2010
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A ticket for disobedience to a signal indicating the approach of a train is based on the Illinois statute 625 ILCS 5/11-1201. The law provides that a motorist is not always required to stop at railroad tracks, but must always exercise due care. There are five conditions that require a driver to stop before railroad […]

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What is Illinois law on speeding in a work zone?

March 13, 2010
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A speeding ticket in a work zone (e.g., construction zone) is an expensive offense under Illinois traffic law, and can result in a suspended driver’s license. The law is set out in the state vehicle code at 625 ILCS 5/11-605.1. The law provides that a ticket for speeding in a work zone has a mandatory […]

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I got a ticket for passing a stopped school bus. What are the penalties provided by Illinois law?

March 13, 2010
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A ticket for failing to stop for a school bus can be expensive and suspend your driver’s license. The law is written in the Illinois Vehicle Code at 625 ILCS 5/11-1414. The law provides that all vehicles must come to a complete stop for a school bus that is loading or unloading child passengers. The […]

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I have a CDL and got a traffic ticket. Can I get supervision?

March 11, 2010
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Court supervision is the preferred disposition of a moving violation for almost anyone with a traffic court date. Supervision is not a conviction and thus it does not put points on your license. Although many traffic court judges advise defendants that after the supervision, the ticket will not be on their driving record, this is […]

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How many times can I get court supervision for traffic tickets in Illinois?

March 11, 2010
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Court supervision is the minimum sentence in Illinois and allows the charge(s) to be dismissed after a period of time and compliance with certain conditions. For most traffic law offenders, court supervision is 60-120 days (two to four months), but the standard is 90 days (three months). The court will usually sentence the defendant to […]

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I got a ticket for transporting an open container of alcohol. What are the possible penalties?

March 3, 2010
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Transportation of an open container of alcohol in Illinois is a petty offense punishable by fine only. Most petty offenses in the Illinois Vehicle Code have a maximum fine of $1,000. The offense is governed by 625 ILCS 5/11-502. That statute provides that it is unlawful to transport, carry, or possess any alcoholic liquor within […]

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