The Legal Effect of Paying a Traffic Ticket

Many people do not realize the legal effect of paying a traffic ticket, and are surprised to learn that “just paying the ticket” is a plea of guilty that can have significant consequences.

Improper Lane Usage Tickets in Illinois

Illinois law requires that drivers use traffic lanes in a particular manner. The portion of Illinois law that governs use of lanes on the road is 625 ILCS 5/11-709, which provides as follows:

Failure to Signal Ticket in Illinois

Illinois law requires drivers to make use of their car’s turn signal in certain circumstances, in accordance with 625 ILCS 5/11-804, and a failure to do so can result in a traffic citation for failure to signal.

Fleeing and Eluding and Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding Charges in Illinois

The crimes of Fleeing and Eluding and Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding are defined by Illinois law in 625 ILCS 5/11-204 and 625 ILCS 5/11-204.1 as discussed below.  It is important o note that fleeing and eluding and aggravated fleeing and eluding are serious criminal charges, rather than a traffic tickets.

Driving while Suspended or Revoked in Illinois

The Illinois Secretary of State has the authority to suspend or revoke an individual’s Illinois license. A charge for driving while one’s license is suspended or revoked is a serious criminal matter in Illinois.

Failure to Reduce Speed Ticket in Illinois

Drivers who are accused of being at fault for a car accident in Illinois are often charged with the offense of Failure to Reduce Speed to Avoid an Accident, under 625 ILCS 5/11-601a.

Speeding Tickets in Illinois

Speeding tickets (citations) are issued by local Illinois law enforcement, as well as the Illinois State Police.  A speeding ticket can result in license suspension/revocation, higher insurance rates, and even jail time in Illinois.

Street Racing Charges in Illinois

The crime of Street Racing in Illinois (often informally called Drag Racing) is defined and prohibited by 625 ILCS 5/11-506.  That section of the Illinois Compiled Statutes defines Street Racing as well as the more serious charge of Aggravated Street Racing as follows:

Reckless Driving Charges in Illinois

The crime of reckless driving in Illinois is more than a mere traffic offense.  It is a serious criminal charge that can carry prison time under some circumstances.  Illinois law defines reckless driving

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Charges in Illinois

Illinois DUI law in general In Illinois, driving a car while under the influence (DUI) of alcohol is a serious crime. There are two types of DUI in Illinois. The first is where a person has a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 or