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Arlington Heights traffic violations lawyerIf you receive a traffic ticket while driving in the state of Illinois, the police officer who issued the ticket will tell you if you are required to appear in court to settle the ticket. If you are not required to appear in court, you will have three options:

  1. Plead guilty, pay the fine, and receive a conviction on your record.
  2. Plead guilty, pay the fine, attend traffic safety school, and forego a conviction.
  3. Plead not guilty and request a trial.

If you request a trial, or if the officer informed you that you must attend a court date, you are legally required to do so. If you forget about your court date, or if you simply decide not to show up, you could face more severe consequences.

Consequences for Fine-Only Violations

If you receive a fine-only violation, and you ignored the ticket, or if you requested a court date and then did not attend that court date, both the judge and the court will not appreciate this waste of their time. The judge will almost always enter what is called an ex parte conviction (meaning the judge will sentence you guilty, even though you were absent) and require you to pay the fine.

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IL defense lawyerAlmost all states require you to carry some type of insurance when you drive a vehicle--in Illinois, driver’s must have:

  • $25,000 for bodily injury per person;
  • $50,000 for bodily injury per accident; and
  • $20,000 for property damage.

These are the bare minimum of the insurance requirements that you must have to drive, though it is recommended that you have more than the minimum to protect yourself from being sued for damages over those amounts. Drivers must understand the consequences of driving without insurance in Illinois because the consequences could result in traffic violations.

Illinois Insurance Requirements

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_337245230.jpgIt is likely that anyone who has driven in Illinois at one time or another looked into the rearview mirror and saw the flashing lights of a police car. If you have the habit of driving in excess of the speed limit, there may be a time when police will pull you over and write you a citation. In an effort to catch more speeding drivers and make the roads safer, police use a variety of tools and techniques to help them identify those violating posted speed limits.

Work-Zone Speeding

  • Police have increased their efforts in construction zones in an effort to protect the safety of workers.
  • Deployment of highly-visible photo enforcement vans plays a dual role in combating speeders. These tools help law enforcement identify speeding vehicles for issuing tickets, and the high visibility of such a van encourages others to slow down in construction zones.
  • The Illinois State Police are using federal grant money to hire more officers to help monitor construction zones. They feel the mere presence of a patrol vehicle often provides the necessary incentive for most drivers to slow down.

Roadside Speeder Identification

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_340953965.jpgWhen an individual is charged with a crime or issued a traffic citation, he or she will most likely have to make a court appearance. It is important that defendants make those appearances to avoid exacerbating the situation with the addition of new penalties. Retaining a competent traffic ticket defense lawyer is a good way to help you keep those scheduled court appearance and steer clear of new charges.

Fine-Only Violations

Failing to appear in court after receiving a traffic citation can result in a hefty fine and possibly impact one’s ability to maintain their driving privileges. If a person ignores a ticket or skips a court date:

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