Experienced Schaumburg Traffic Violations Attorney
If you are a licensed driver, you have the duty to other motorists and pedestrians to operate your car in a safe manner. Speed limits and traffic signals are not there to control you, they are in place to protect you and others on the roadway by stating a safe speed and operational procedure for the roadways where they are posted. When a driver violates one of these posted rules, he or she may be charged with a traffic violation.
Although you might not think of a traffic violation as a criminal offense, you can work with a criminal defense attorney to fight your traffic violation charge. By doing this, you have the chance of having the charge dropped or reduced to a lower-level charge, which can have lower penalties for you. Find a lawyer who has specific experience handling Illinois traffic violation charges to help you with your case.
Examples of Traffic Violations
Traffic violations can range from minor, like failing to yield or parking in a “no parking” zone, to critically dangerous like driving under the influence (DUI). A few examples of traffic violations that warrant summons by law enforcement include the following:
- Reckless driving;
- Using a cell phone while driving;
- Refusal to take a chemical test for DUI;
- Improper lane use;
- Driving without a driver’s license or with a suspended license;
- Leaving the scene of an automobile accident; and
- Certain traffic violations are only applicable to certain subsets of drivers, such as commercial drivers and teenage drivers.
Penalties for Traffic Violations
When a driver is charged with a traffic violation, he or she is written a ticket by the attending law enforcement officer. Drivers have the opportunity to pay the ticket, which is pleading guilty or no contest to the charge, or fight the ticket, which is pleading not guilty to the charge. The penalties that a driver can face for his or her violation depends on the nature of the charge and whether he or she has previously been convicted of traffic violations. Examples of penalties a guilty driver can face include:
- Points on his or her driver’s license;
- Driver’s license suspension or revocation; and
- Jail time in the case of serious traffic violations like DUI and leaving the scene of an accident where an injury or fatality occurred.
Points on your Driver’s License
Certain traffic offenses are worth “points,” and these are points you do not want to score. Points are added to an individual’s driver’s license. This information is reported to the individual’s auto insurance provider, which often raises his or her premium as a result. Any driver who receives three or more traffic convictions in a 12-month period can face a driver’s license suspension. The length of this suspension depends on the number of points that are on his or her license.
A driver can enroll in traffic safety school to reduce the number of points on his or her license.
Work with an Experienced Orland Park Traffic Violation Attorney
Although a traffic violation might seem like a minor offense, do not take any traffic violations you face lightly. Seek legal aid to fight the charge so you can avoid its penalties, which can include fines and points on your driver’s license, which can result in higher auto insurance costs. To learn more about your rights and options when you are facing a traffic violation charge, contact The Law Offices of Shannon P. O’Malley to schedule your initial legal consultation with our firm. Be proactive and make the call as soon as you can to work with an experienced traffic violation attorney.