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Traffic Violations

IL defense lawyerOne of the many things that are up to states’ discretion is the issuance and control of driver’s licenses. The age at which you can apply for your learner’s permit and then your driver’s license is different in each state. In some states, you get receive your learner’s permit at the age of 14 while in other states you must be at least 16. In Illinois, you must be 15 years old to apply for a learner’s permit and 16 to apply for a junior license. You must also meet certain requirements for training and experience before you will be granted either the learner’s permit or the license. Young people tend to make poor decisions sometimes, which is why they are subject to a few laws that are more strict than adult laws. Violations of traffic laws can lead to unfavorable consequences.

Underage Driving Laws

Court Supervision and Moving Violations: Drivers under the age of 21 are limited to one sentence of court supervision for serious traffic offenses. Drivers under the age of 21 are only eligible for court supervision if they attend traffic safety school, while drivers under the age of 18 must appear in court with a parent in addition to attending traffic safety school.

Moving Violations and Loss of Driving Privileges: Drivers under the age of 21 who are convicted of two or more moving violations within a 24-month period will have their driver’s license suspended for at least 30 days. Remedial education courses may be part of the requirement to get their driver’s license reinstated.

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IL defense lawyerWhile most people associate a suspended or revoked driver’s license with a DUI, there are many reasons why you could lose your driving privileges in Illinois. While a DUI is the most common reason for license suspensions and revocations, you can also have your license suspended or revoked for not paying child support, not appearing in court when you are called to do so, not paying court fines and accumulating too many points on your driver’s license. Any moving violation that you are convicted of will add points to your driving record. Speeding, depending on the circumstances, will earn you quite a few points and can contribute to a license suspension or revocation.

Illinois Points System and Driving Suspensions

Like many states, Illinois participates in a points system that applies to all drivers. There are a certain number of points assigned to different driving violations. Typically, the more serious the violation, the higher the number of points the violation carries.

For example, speeding 1 to 10 miles per hour over the speed limit will result in 5 points being added to your driving record. If you are convicted of speeding more than 25 miles per hour over the speed limit, 50 points will be added to your driving record.

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IL defense lawyerNo parent wants to hear that their teenage driver has gotten into a car accident, but it is bound to happen. Teens are notorious for their lack of judgment and their inability to foresee consequences of their actions, which is why it is not uncommon to hear about teenagers getting into car accidents. If your teenager has gotten into an accident, you are probably scared, disappointed or wondering what it means for the future of your child, but that depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Instead of panicking, here are some things you should do if your teenager has gotten into a car accident.

Call Emergency Services

The first step you should take after any car accident is making sure everyone is OK. If someone is injured, you should inform your teen to call 911 right away. If nobody has an injury, it is not required that you call 911, but it can be a smart idea.

Do Not Talk About Blame

If your teen is still at the scene of the accident when you are talking to them, tell them not to talk about blame with the other vehicle. This includes them admitting to blame or placing blame on the other vehicle. The car insurance company can use information like that to make decisions that are not in your favor.

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IL defense lawyerAll drivers on the road are subject to traffic laws that were put in place to protect the safety of others. Because of the large size of commercial motor vehicles (CMV), those who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are held to higher standards than other drivers, meaning they are also subject to certain traffic violations that other drivers are not. Some of these traffic violations can cause a driver to have their CDL disqualified or revoked. Most people who hold CDL’s use their CDL’s as a means for employment and becoming disqualified can put a great financial strain on their lives.

Types of Traffic Violations That Can Lead to Disqualification

There are a multitude of traffic violations that can cause you to lose your CDL. Some of these traffic violations are unacceptable no matter the type of vehicle you are driving, but some violations are specific to those driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).

Major Offenses

This category of offenses is serious offenses that could apply to almost any driver. Most of these offenses carry a disqualification period of one year for a first offense and include:

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IL defense lawyerThough it may not seem like it, speeding is a dangerous crime. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people were killed as a result of speeding in 2016, making up about 27 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. While speeding may not seem like a serious crime, it very much is - not only are the driver and occupants of the speeding vehicle put in danger, but other people on the road are put in danger, as well. This is why speeding is taken so seriously in Illinois

Current Illinois Speeding Laws

Speeding more than 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is usually referred to as aggravated speeding, which is more serious than just a speeding ticket.

Speeding 26 mph - 34 mph Over the Limit: When you are going more than 25 mph over the speed limit, but not more than 35 mph, you are committing a Class B misdemeanor. For this charge, you could be facing up to six months in jail or up to two years of probation and up to $1,500 in fines.

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