When you are driving, the last thing you want to see is red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. Being stopped for a traffic violation is no fun for anyone, and depending on why you were stopped, you could be facing serious consequences. Your quick trip to the grocery store could end up being a long process of fighting a traffic ticket. You can get cited for multiple traffic-related offenses in Illinois, and if you do end up getting a traffic ticket, here are four things you should know:
In Illinois, traffic tickets can be one of two types: a moving violation or a non-moving violation. A moving violation occurs when a law is broken while you are driving your vehicle. Examples of moving violations include:
Non-moving violations typically involve parking or something wrong with your vehicle. Examples of non-moving violations include:
Depending on the nature of your ticket, you may be required to appear in court to settle the ticket. The police officer who has issued you the ticket should tell you if you are required to appear or not, but you can also find this information on the ticket itself. Types of violations that will require you to appear in court can include:
If you are not required to go to court for your ticket, you still have a choice of how you would like to handle the ticket. You can:
Not going to Traffic Safety School means you will receive a conviction and points on your driving record, which can cause your license to be suspended once you accumulate enough points. If you choose the second option, you will not receive a conviction. If you believe you were unfairly issued a ticket, you can contest the ticket in court.
If you have received a traffic ticket, you may not know what to do, especially if you are required to appear in court or believe you have unfairly received the ticket. An experienced Rolling Meadows traffic violation attorney can help you fight your ticket. Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law represents clients for all kinds of traffic violations and can help you avoid a conviction. To schedule a free consultation, contact our office by calling 847-253-3400.
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