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IL defense attorneyContrary to what you may think, there are quite a few ways you can lose your driving privileges in Illinois, many of which have nothing to do with driving. According to the Illinois Secretary of State, a person can expect to have their driver’s license suspended if they have unsatisfied traffic citations, unpaid parking tickets, automatic traffic violations or toll violations or even if you have not paid child support. Losing your driving privileges is a very difficult situation for many families to deal with, especially if you depend on your ability to drive to get yourself to and from work. Because of this, the state has passed the “License to Work” Act.

“License to Work” Act is Signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker

With the passing of the recent “License to Work” Act, the state will no longer take away the driving privileges of those who have not paid traffic tickets, parking tickets or other various fines and fees. Other non-moving violations are also being taken off of the list of reasons why you could have your driving privileges taken away. Violations that no longer result in losing your driving privileges include:

  • Being considered a “truant minor”
  • Failing to pay fines and fees that were ordered by a court
  • Failing to pay parking or tollway tickets, fines or fees
  • Being convicted of motor fuel theft
  • Being convicted of criminal trespass to a vehicle

Prior to the new law, 10 violations typically resulted in a driver’s license suspension.


b2ap3_thumbnail_trucking-violations.jpgThere are thousands of trucking companies that operate in the United States, with tens of thousands of large trucks driving on the nation’s roads. Because of the sheer size of these vehicles, drivers of large trucks are held to a much higher standard of conduct than normal drivers. Rules for semi-truck drivers are made with safety in mind because semi-truck accidents tend to result in severe situations for those involved. Because of this, truck drivers who are found to have violated any of the rules or regulations face serious consequences, which can affect their and their families’ livelihoods.

Types of CDL Violations

Commercial driver’s license (CDL) violations can come in many different forms. Violations can encompass just about anything, from actions the driver did or did not take to issues with the vehicle they drive. Unfortunately, violations are not always the fault of the driver. Sometimes trucking companies can be responsible for CDL violations such as hours of service violations or overweight cargo tickets. Examples of CDL violations can include:

  • Using a cell phone while driving
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Excessive speeding
  • Driving without your CDL in your possession

Consequences of a CDL Violation

The consequences of a CDL violation can vary depending on the exact violation. Some violations can carry temporary suspension periods, while other violations could result in a disqualification, which can last for several months or even years. Serious CDL violations include those such as DUI, excessive speeding, leaving the scene of an accident or using the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) to commit a felony. Serious CDL violations result in automatic CDL disqualification, which can affect your career.


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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