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IL defense lawyerIf you have a driver’s license in Illinois, then you have an Illinois driving record. One of the most common traffic violations in the state of Illinois and in the United States is speeding. Because speeding can cause real damage to property and other drivers, Illinois law enforcement officers and others in the criminal justice system take speeding charges very seriously. Every time you are pulled over or issued a ticket for any moving or non-moving violation, it is recorded onto your driving record. For certain jobs, a marred driving record can be detrimental, which is why some people seek to have their traffic violations expunged - but can you?

Minor Traffic Offenses and Expungement

The short answer is, maybe. For the most part, minor traffic offenses cannot be expunged in Illinois. A minor traffic offense is defined as a petty offense, business offense or Class C misdemeanor under the Illinois Vehicle Code. Typically, only criminal offenses are able to be expunged, so since a minor traffic offense is not a criminal offense, it cannot be expunged. There is one way around this rule, though. If you were arrested for a minor traffic offense, but you were released without being charged, you may be able to expunge or seal that record.

Misdemeanor Speeding Tickets and Expungement

There are two levels of speeding in Illinois and they carry two different crime classifications. If you are arrested for speeding between 26 mph and 34 mph, you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. If you are arrested for speeding 35 mph or more over the speed limit, you can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. You can petition to expunge these arrests if:

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IL traffic lawyerAll drivers in the state of Illinois are required to have a certain amount of insurance to be able to legally drive. Some car insurance premiums can be costly and if you have a marred driving record, your premiums can be even more expensive. Most insurance companies will check your driving record before you enroll in insurance with them and when your insurance policy is up for renewal. If you have any infractions on your driving record, that may cause your insurance to skyrocket to astonishing rates. Speeding tickets, especially misdemeanor or felony speeding tickets, can cause the insurance company to view you as a liability, which is why you will pay more for insurance coverage.

How Much Will Rates Increase?

Not all insurance companies were created equally. The amount that your insurance rates will increase mostly depends on which insurance company you have. Typically, you can expect to see an increase of around 13 percent for an average speeding ticket, though this rate can fluctuate depending on the severity of the speeding ticket. For example, a speeding ticket for going 30 miles per hour or more over the speed limit will raise your rates more than a speeding ticket for going 15 miles per hour over the speed limit.

Age Also Affects the Amount Your Insurance Increases

There are a couple of other things that can affect how much your car insurance rates will increase after a speeding ticket. Typically, younger drivers are monitored much more closely than older drivers. Around 41 percent of young drivers saw an increase in insurance premiums after they received a ticket, compared to only 15 percent of drivers over the age of 50.

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IL defense lawyerDriving is an important rite of passage for many young people and the day they get their driver’s license is a day of celebration. Unfortunately, nearly half of teenagers will experience a car accident before they graduate from high school. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unintentional motor vehicle accidents were the leading cause of death for teenagers in 2016, specifically those between the ages of five and 24 years old. There are many reasons why teens are more likely to get into car crashes than adults, one of them being that teens are more likely to speed.

Speeding Can Be Deadly

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding was a factor in about 32 percent of fatal crashes that involved teen drivers in 2016. Anyone can speed, but according to the American Automobile Association (AAA), speeding is one of the top three mistakes that teenagers make when they are learning how to drive and the NHTSA reports that teens’ speeding behavior actually gets worse as they become more comfortable with driving.

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