Pleading guilty to a traffic ticket or mailing in a guilty plea and payment on a traffic ticket can have serious negative consequences on your driver’s license. The Illinois Secretary of State has the power to suspend your driver’s license if you are found guilty or plea guilty to three moving violations inside of any 12- month period. These suspensions are mandatory.
Illinois Administrative Code 1040.30(b) sets out the general lengths of suspension by a point system. The point system assigns a number of points to different violations. The secretary of state then adds up the total points to determine what action it will take:
- 0-14 points – No action
- 15-44 points – 2 month suspension
- 45-74 points – 3 month suspension
- 75-89 points – 6 month suspension
- 90-99 points – 9 month suspension
- 100-109 points – 12 month suspension
- 110 or more points – revocation
For a complete list of offenses and the points assigned to those offense by the secretary of state go to this link.
For speeding tickets the points assigned to your license are as follows:
- 11 to 14 MPH above the speed limit – 15 points
- 15 to 25 MPH above the speed limit – 20 points
- More than 25 MPH above the speed limit – 50 points
Courts and the Secretary of State refer to a driver’s license as a “privilege”. However, for most people in this country, not being able to drive a vehicle is tantamount to poverty. Millions of Americans need to drive to, from, and during work in order to support themselves and their families.
Often times Illinois drivers contact an attorney after already having their driver’s license suspended because they have been convicted of three moving violations in one year. Illinois drivers who must drive for work or school are especially vulnerable.
For example: A driver picked up two speeding tickets from out of state. He pled guilty to those and sent payment in the mail. He also picked up another moving violation in IL (in-state) and pled guilty to that ticket as well. When he went to renew his driver’s license, he found out that it was suspended. This driver contacted the experienced Illinois traffic attorneys at Gruszeczki & Smith Law, LLP. After we brought his Illinois case into court and vacated his conviction, the secretary of state lifted the suspension.
The key to avoiding a suspension of your driver’s license is to avoid convictions on moving violations in the first place. Depending on a motorist’s driving history and the nature of the offense, a disposition of supervision (which is not a conviction if completed successfully) may be available. In other situations, the only way to avoid these serious consequences is to prevail at trial. Whether you have already been convicted of three moving violations like my client was or have recently been ticketed for one or two moving violations, experienced traffic attorneys like the lawyers at Gruszeczki & Smith Law, LLP can help you retain or regain your license.