Unpaid Traffic Tickets Can Come Back to Haunt You

 Posted on February 16,2016 in Traffic Violations

Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyMost people know that traffic violations must be promptly dealt with, but sometimes life gets in the way and we miss the important deadline. Unfortunately, this can have a severe impact on your life. And, as one Illinois man recently learned after being jailed for a 25-year-old unpaid traffic ticket, the consequences might creep up on you when you least expect it. Avoid facing a similar fate by knowing how to effectively manage your recent traffic violation.

Implications of a Traffic Violation

Traffic violations will cost you more than just the initial fines and surcharges imposed by the state; the Illinois Secretary of State may also add points to your Illinois driving record. This can increase the cost of your automobile insurance for at least three years. Serious infractions can also lead to the temporary suspension or complete revocation of your Illinois driver’s license.

If you fail to pay the ticket and do not appear in court, a warrant for your arrest will be issued. You can avoid this by simply paying the ticket prior to your court date (note that in some cases, a court appearance may still be required), but you will still suffer the negative effects on your insurance and driving record. Thankfully, there is another alternative.

Getting Your Traffic Ticket Erased

Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to fight your traffic ticket in court and get it dismissed before it ever hits your record. Other options may also include attending a defensive driving course, driver impairment course, traffic school, or having the ticket removed from your driving record once the fee is paid in full. It is important to understand that the severity of your violation, the number of previous violations on your record, promptness, and the nature in which you proceed can all have an impact on how a traffic violation impacts your life in the coming years.

The Law Offices of Scott F. Anderson have helped Illinois drivers with their traffic violations for more than 25 years. Dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome in every case, Scott F. Anderson provides aggressive legal representation and can assist in even the most severe of cases. To learn more, call 847-253-3400 and schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced Arlington Heights traffic violation defense attorney today.



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