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.
Illinois DUI/Traffic Law
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:
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.
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.
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.
Illinois law (625 ILCS 5/11-402) makes it a serious crime to leave the scene of an accident. The severity of the charge will depend upon a variety of factors.
In Illinois, drivers are required to have car insurance by 625 ILCS 5/3-707, which states that “No person shall operate a motor vehicle unless the motor vehicle is covered by a liability insurance policy in accordance with
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 (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.
In Illinois, it is crime to possess an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle, under 625 ILCS 5/11-502:
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:
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
In August 2015, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed a law that allows those with four or more DUI convictions to obtain a driver’s license again
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