Violating traffic laws in the state of Illinois can be as minor as going five miles above the speed limit to more serious offenses, such as speeding in a construction zone and causing a fatal accident to a construction worker. If you have been cited for a traffic violation, there is protocol that must be taken for you to avoid legal issues in the future.
How to Determine if the Driver Must Appear in Court
There are some minor violations that can be paid to the Circuit Court Clerk without having to appear in court. If a driver is under the age of 21 years old and has been cited for a traffic violation, then he or she must appear in court. If a driver is under the age of 18 years old with a traffic violation on his or her record, the driver must have a parent or legal guardian accompanying him or her in court. Any ticket that states an appearance in court is required means that the driver must also appear in court.
If the driver is cited for a speeding violation of over 30 miles per hour over the speed limit or cited for driver’s license and permit violations, he or she must appear in court. Passing a stopped school bus or speeding in a construction or school zone will also require the driver to appear in court. All Class A and B misdemeanor violations will require a court appearance, as well as all other violations for which Supreme Court Rule 551 requires an appearance in court.
Ways to Pay for the Traffic Violation
All minor violations will require the driver to pay a $120 fine for the ticket. If a driver has been cited for driving 21 to 30 miles per hour above the speed limit, he or she is expected to pay a $140 fine. Any violation of the Seat Belt Law will require the driver to pay a $60 fine. All tickets must be paid to the Circuit Court Clerk in Wheaton, Illinois.
Contact an Addison Traffic Violations Attorney
Being cited for a traffic violation could be serious, which could potentially cause you to lose your driving privileges and vehicle. If you have been cited for violating Illinois traffic laws, you do not have to fight the legal battle alone. At Myers Law LLC, we understand how being cited can affect your overall quality of life, and we are here to help. For a free 15-minute initial consultation, please call a DuPage County traffic violations lawyer at 844-984-3529 (844-9-THE-LAW) to discuss your case. We also speak Spanish.