Being pulled over by a police officer while you are driving is not an uncommon occurrence. According to a study conducted by the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were nearly 2.5 million traffic stops conducted in 2018. Police can pull you over for a variety of reasons, including moving violations, equipment violations, and even license or registration violations. Traffic stops tend to be quickly completed, so many people are left with questions after they have received a traffic citation. Here are a few of the most common questions people have about Illinois traffic violations.
The most important thing to remember if you are pulled over is to cooperate with the police officer. Officers do not take kindly to combative or argumentative drivers. Your attitude about the traffic stop can be the difference between you getting a ticket and you being let off with a warning.
If you are being pulled over, you should make sure you find a safe spot to pull over. Roll your windows down and keep your hands visible by placing them on the steering wheel or in your lap. Do not reach for your license, registration or proof of insurance until the officer asks you to do so. If the officer decides to issue you a ticket, accept the ticket and contest it later.
Depending on which offense you have been cited for, you may have to attend a hearing. Your ticket will inform you of whether or not your appearance is required in court. Typically, you will only have to appear in court if a conviction of your alleged offense could result in an automatic license suspension or jail time. Even if you are not required to go to court, you can still request a hearing to challenge the ticket.
If you are facing an offense that would result in serious consequences like jail time, a license suspension or the creation of a criminal record, it is highly recommended that you hire an attorney to represent you in court. Even for minor traffic violations, an attorney can help in certain situations where you cannot afford to gain more points on your driving record.
Not all traffic violations will result in you losing your driving privileges. Illinois operates under a points system, meaning you will always gain a varying amount of points each time you are convicted of a traffic offense. If you are over the age of 21, you are only permitted to have three convictions for moving violations within the span of a year before you must appear before a judge to determine whether or not your license will be suspended. If you are under the age of 21, you are only permitted to have two convictions for moving violations within a span of two years. Additionally, some traffic violations will result in an automatic driver’s license suspension.
Being pulled over can be a scary experience for some people, especially with all of these questions running through your head. If you have been pulled over for a moving violation, you should immediately contact an Oak Brook, IL traffic ticket defense lawyer. At Myers Law LLC, we can help you fight a traffic ticket and keep you on the road. Call our office today at 844-984-3529 to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation.