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How many traffic tickets can I get, under the age of 21, before my Illinois license is suspended?

May 29, 2020
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2 or more moving violations in less than 24 months will cause a driver’s license suspension for anyone under 21 years old in Illinois.

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625 ILCS 5/11-907: Illinois Penalties for Failure to Yield for a Parked Emergency Vehicle

May 22, 2020
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NOTE: The following page features updated material to account for Public Act 101-0173 and corresponding Illinois legal changes. Since January 1, 2020, this Act escalated the punishment for violations of 625 ILCS 5/11-907, more commonly referred to as Scott’s Law. Illinois law requires all drivers to yield to emergency vehicles on the side of the […]

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625 ILCS 5/11-506: What are the laws, penalties, & sentencing for street racing in Illinois?

May 18, 2020
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NOTE: This article contains new content to reflect Illinois law after Public Act 101-0172 became effective on January 1, 2020. Since that date, this Act increased the penalties for traffic offenses committed in highway construction or maintenance zones (625 ILCS 5/11-908). Street racing is a criminal offense in the Illinois Vehicle Code with very serious […]

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What will the sentence be for an Illinois DUI that is reduced to reckless driving?

May 11, 2020
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NOTE: The following content was refreshed to demonstrate 2020 changes to Illinois law with passage of Public Act 101-027. On the first day of the year, this Act officially legalized the use and possession of marijuana for recreational use and updated intoxication standards accordingly. Defendants who are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) under […]

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Illinois Traffic Ticket Points & Driver’s License Suspension Rules

January 29, 2020
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How many traffic tickets can I get before my Illinois driver’s license is suspended? Note: This article has been updated as of January 2020 to include all changes in Illinois traffic law. Too many traffic tickets in one year will cause the Illinois Secretary of State to suspend your driver’s license. The rule is, 3 […]

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Conviction for felony offense involving a motor vehicle will suspend your Illinois driver’s license

October 5, 2010
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An arrest for a felony offense in Illinois has consequences beyond sentencing in court. In addition to the possibility of a prison sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections, a defendant may lose his driver’s license. The Secretary of State in Illinois has authority to suspend, cancel, and even revoke a person’s driving privileges for […]

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The penalty for driving without insurance in Illinois increased in 2010

May 22, 2010
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Insurance laws in Illinois are tough. Every driver on the road must have a liability insurance with coverage of at least $20,000.00 per person for bodily injury as a result of an accident. Failure to carry insurance has serious consequences. Driving without insurance is a petty offense in Illinois. The statute citation is 625 ILCS […]

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The Secretary of State can suspend a person’s driver’s license for certain offenses

May 13, 2010
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The law in Illinois says that the Secretary of State has authority to suspend a person’s driver’s license upon a report of a conviction for certain offenses. The information is reported to the Secretary of State by the Circuit Clerk for each county courthouse. The clerk’s computer system is linked with the Secretary of State […]

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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 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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