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Traffic Cases
Traffic cases may seem trivial and unimportant but they can lead to serious consequences in the future such higher insurance premiums, driver's license suspension, criminal convictions, and even jail time.

For certain tickets, you may be able to mail in a payment for a fine or you may be able to pay your ticket online. When you do this, however, the ticket does not go away- in fact, it is recorded on your driving record as a conviction, even if it is a petty offense. Similarly, if you go to court and simply plead guilty or don't show up to court and are convicted of a traffic ticket, you may think that you only have to pay fines and court costs. However, doing this can be very dangerous. If you receive 3 moving violation convictions in a period of 12 months, the Secretary of State will suspend your driver's license. This is not a court imposed consequence, it is an automatic action independent of what happened in court. The length of the suspension varies based on the number of points each conviction carried.

Secretary of State's Point System

The Secretary of State assigns the following point for these moving violations:

  • Speeding too fast for conditions: 10 points.
  • 1-10 mph over the limit: 5 points.
  • 11-14 mph over the limit: 15 points.
  • 15-25 mph over the limit: 25 points.
  • 26-29 mph over the limit: 50 points.
  • 30 mph over the limit: 50 points.
  • Speeding in a school zone: 20 points.
  • Speeding in a work zone: 20 points.

If the Secretary of State suspends your license, the length of the suspension depends on the number of points assigned to your license a follows:

  • 15 through 44 points: 2 month suspension.
  • 45 through 74 points: 3 month suspension.
  • 75 through 89 points: 6 month suspension.
  • 90 through 99 points: 9 month suspension.
  • 100 through 109 points: 12 month suspension.
  • 110 or more points: Revocation.

If your license is suspended, you may have to pay the Secretary of State a reinstatement fee to reinstate your driving privileges. If you do not do this, the suspension is still in effect and you cannot legally drive. Then, if you are driving, you can be ticketed for driving on a suspended license, a conviction of which may result in jail time and your license being suspended for another year. If your license is revoked, you will be unable to drive until you have a formal hearing before the Secretary of State.

Because the consequences can be confusing and compound quickly, it is important to have an experienced attorney review any traffic tickets you receive. Depending on the violation and the facts, we can request a hearing, negotiate with State's attorneys to reduce the ticket, or fight your ticket to make sure you get the best result.