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b2ap3_thumbnail_license-points.jpgThere are a variety of things that happen when you are issued a traffic ticket; you may have to pay a fine, appear in traffic court or depending on the severity of the action, you could even be arrested. One of the things that many drivers do not realize is that any time you are convicted of a traffic violation, you also have points added to your Illinois driving record. Accumulating too many points is not good and could result in your driver’s license being suspended for a period of time. Understanding the Illinois driver’s license points system is important so that you can keep yourself out of trouble.

What is the Driver’s License Points System?

In most states throughout the U.S., there is some version of a points system that all drivers are subject to, though they may operate differently. The purpose of the points system in Illinois is to identify potentially dangerous drivers and get them off the road before they could seriously hurt themselves or others. Every time you are convicted of a traffic violation or you pay your traffic ticket, you earn points against your license. The number of points you earn is directly dependent on the nature of the violation. Typically, lesser violations will carry fewer points, while more serious violations will carry more points.

For example, here are some of the most common traffic violations and the points that they carry:

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IL defense attorneySpeeding is not hard to do — we all know this. Some people get caught up in the moment, driving along an open road, listening to their favorite song and do not even realize they are speeding. Others know that they are speeding and do it intentionally because they are in a rush or they do not care. Whatever the reason, getting pulled over and being issued a ticket can be a situation you do not want to deal with. If you were speeding enough over the legal limit, you could even be facing criminal charges. When an officer issues you a ticket, they must indicate whether or not you must appear in court. If you are not required to make a court appearance, you have three options to reconcile the ticket.

Plead Guilty and Pay the Fine

For many people, this is the option they choose because they do not realize they have another choice. It is almost never advised to just accept the charge and pay the fine. If you do, the offense will count as a conviction on your driving record and will add points to your driver’s license. This can be problematic if you already have points on your license.

Plead Guilty and Request Court Supervision

Another option is to plead guilty but request court supervision instead of receiving a conviction. If you choose to ask for court supervision, you will be required to plead guilty, you will have to pay a higher fine and you will also have to complete online traffic safety school, which is typically around four hours. Receiving court supervision will not count as a conviction on your record, though you are not guaranteed to get it when you ask for it.

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Illinois traffic violation attorney, Illinois defense lawyerDuring the barely-alert state of your morning commute, you forget you are on a toll road and fly past the toll booth without a pass or payment. You are on your route to work and tell yourself that you will pay it when you get home. But, by the time you get home, you have forgotten all about your morning toll incident. A week later, you have a rude reminder when you check your mailbox: you have a toll violation. Before you pay that fine, stop and consider the repercussions.

Paying the Ticket Screams “I Am Guilty”

The Illinois Tollway sends out traffic violations seven days after the missed payment. The Notice of Toll Violation provides a significant amount of information, but the information people focus on is the cost of the bill. Although the fines become hefty due to the additional $20.00 charge for a toll violation, the thought of a court hearing strikes fear into the hearts of many citizens, and they choose to pay exorbitant totals. However, doing so is agreeing that you are guilty of the behavior, which may result in additional points on your license, increased insurance rates, and a potential loss of licensure.

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