Monday, July 18, 2016

Why You Can't Risk Driving on a Suspended License in Skokie

If your license is suspended, you’ll have a hard time getting to and from work, picking up your kids, and doing pretty much everything that most of us take for granted.

But you still can’t drive.

The consequences of driving on a suspended or revoked license are serious in Skokie (and elsewhere in Illinois), which means it’s just not worth getting behind the wheel.
Read more . . .

Monday, June 20, 2016

Driving on a Suspended Driver's License in Rolling Meadows

If you’re busted driving with a suspended driver’s license in Rolling Meadows, Skokie, Schaumburg or Chicago, you’re facing some pretty serious consequences—and you could lose your driving privileges altogether.

Your license is incredibly important. You’re not going to be able to get to work, school, or anywhere else you need to go without it.

Read more . . .

Monday, January 18, 2016

What Happens if You Drive on a Suspended License in Chicago?

There are a number of reasons your driver’s license may be suspended, but one thing is certain: you can’t legally drive if the state has taken away your privileges.

If you do, you’ll end up facing criminal charges.

Is Driving on a Suspended License a Crime in Illinois?

Driving on a suspended license is typically a Class A misdemeanor under Illinois law.

625 ILCS 5/6-303 says that “Driving while driver's license, permit or privilege to operate a motor vehicle is suspended or revoked” is illegal.

Sometimes you can get your driving privileges reinstated in Chicago and the surrounding communities, which can be helpful if you need to drive to get to school or work. However, that’s not always the case – and it’s usually a good idea to talk to a criminal defense attorney about your situation to find out whether you can get your license reinstated.

Why Does Illinois Suspend Driver’s Licenses?

The state of Illinois suspends driver’s licenses for a number of reasons, including:

  • Driving under the influence, or DUI (if this is your case, it’s a good idea to talk to a Chicago DUI lawyer who may be able to help you)
  • Failure to appear in court or failure to pay traffic violation fines
  • Parking suspensions, which are typically entered against the license of someone who has been issued 10 or more parking violations and has failed to satisfy them
  • Automated traffic violations, which are often used for drivers who have received five automated traffic violations without satisfying them
  • Failure to pay fines (any court-imposed fines, not just traffic violation fines)
  • Failure to pay court-ordered child support
  • Tollway violations or running tolls (these are typically only issued after five or more toll violations or evasions)

Do You Need Help With a Suspended License?

If you need help getting your suspended license reinstated, call us at 847-920-4540 or contact us online. We’ll be happy to evaluate your case and begin creating a strategy to get the best possible outcome.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Should You Pay a Traffic Ticket in Chicago?

Whether you were pulled over for speeding, disobeying a traffic control device or any other type of moving violation, it could be a mistake to pay the ticket.

In the state of Illinois, a simple traffic violation can result in suspension of your driver’s license. This is particularly important for people who have a commercial driver’s license, because your first moving violation could result in loss of your job.

Should You Pay a Traffic Ticket in Chicago?

If you pay the fine for traffic ticket in Chicago or elsewhere in Illinois, you are admitting guilt.

It’s important that you know the admission of guilt can result in points assigned to your driver’s license. The more points assigned to your license, the closer the state is to taking away from you and revoking your driving privileges.

Police ticket drivers for several things on Chicago streets, including:

  • Speeding
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Driving without insurance
  • Reckless driving
  • Disobeying a traffic control device

Each of these violations can result in large fines, points in a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.

In many cases, it’s best to talk to a Chicago traffic violation lawyer who can help you understand your options and determine whether the ticket you received was even legal.

Fighting a Traffic Ticket in Chicago

The sooner you call an attorney, the better. Fighting a traffic ticket in Chicago can involve court appearances, complicated forms and other nuances that can be difficult to deal with on your own.

Most people choose to call a traffic ticket lawyer in Chicago who is familiar with the laws and is prepared to put together an aggressive defense. This is particularly important if you are in danger of losing your driver’s license.

Call us at 847-920-4540 or get in touch with us online for a free case evaluation. We may be able to help you avoid points, fines and the loss of your driver’s license.

Friday, June 13, 2014

3 Reasons You Need a Lawyer if You're Charged with a Traffic Crime in Chicago

Last week, a Walmart truck rammed into comedian Tracy Morgan’s vehicle on the New Jersey Turnpike. The crash severely injured Morgan and killed one of his companions, James McNair. The driver pleaded “not guilty” at his arraignment, where prosecutors charged him with vehicular homicide and assault by auto.

While we don’t have access to all of the facts in the case, what we do know is that car accidents happen every day – and in Chicago, there are about 300,000 every year. Of those, the Illinois Department of Transportation estimates that a fatality occurs every 21.5 hours.

If you’re involved in a car accident and charged with DUI, reckless driving, or any other traffic crime, you need to call an Illinois criminal defense lawyer right away. Your future might depend on it.

Here’s why.

Your Side of the Story Needs to Be Heard

Being charged with a traffic crime can be life-shattering. Whether you’re accused of reckless driving, hit-and-run or DUI, though, there are two sides to every story. It’s important that you work with a Chicago traffic crime lawyer who can ensure that your side comes out before anyone makes a judgment.

Some People are Bullies

Unfortunately, many people accused of traffic crimes in Chicago and the surrounding areas are bullied on the stand. You deserve better than that – and an experienced lawyer can help ensure that you are treated with dignity, fairness and respect. You’re innocent until proven guilty, and your attorney will make sure that everyone treats you that way.

Your Lawyer Can Dig into the Details

It’s your lawyer’s job to play detective. He’ll get into the details of your case, including the events that led up to your accident, to find out what really happened and why.

Then he’ll take that information and make sure the court is aware of everything that happened, building your defense. While nobody can guarantee what a judge or jury will decide, it’s nice to have someone in your corner when you have to appear in court to defend yourself against criminal allegations.



Thursday, October 3, 2013

New Driver's License Law: Blog

The New Driver’s License Law for Immigrants in Illinois Without a Valid Visa

In January of 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 957 into law. This law enables immigrants without a valid visa or green card to obtain a state-issued driver’s license, known as a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL). When signed in January of 2013, it was estimated that the law would go into effect in Fall of 2013 -- in other words, NOW! Illinois is now the fourth state to authorize undocumented immigrants to drive legally.

The TVDL is an existing document that is now available to many foreign-born individuals living in Illinois. Since 2005, Illinois has issued TVDLs to individuals who do not have social security numbers, but who do have lawful immigration status. SB 957 makes TVDLs available even to undocumented motorists who need to drive for employment, educational, or other purposes. 
The requirements to obtain a TVDL are as follows:

• Proof of Illinois residence for at least one year;
• Proof of a valid passport or consular ID;
• Proof of ineligibility for a Social Security Number;
• Pass all applicable vision, written, and road tests;
• Proof of insurance for the vehicle to be used for the road test;
• Pay a $30 fee.

For more information on Illinois’ newest driver’s license law, call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today. We offer free and confidential consultations -- (847) 920-4540.




Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Increased Penalties for Speeding Violations: Blog

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has officially signed a law known as Julie's Law, which increases the legal penalties for those who exceed 25 mph over the posted speed limit.  Julie's Law, which will go into effect July 1st, 2013, prohibits judges from issuing court supervision, a type of driving probation that can be likened to a slap on the wrist for speeders.

Speeding is one of the most common offenses in Cook County -- yet its severe consequences are often overlooked by Chicagoans.  Most Illinois drivers are unaware that speeding can be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, which carries the same penalties as drunk driving and battery offenses -- also Class A misdemeanors.  While speeding over 25 mph may still be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, Julie’s Law will intensify the penalties and bar judges from placing speeders under court supervision. 

This new law will likely result in an upswing of Cook County residents jailed for speeding violations, which legislators hope will prevent speeding-related accidents and deaths. 

While a speeding ticket may appear to be a simple citation, do not underestimate its legal consequences.  As a former traffic prosecutor, Attorney Matt Fakhoury has an extensive record of success in fighting speeding violations.  If you have been cited for speeding in the Chicagoland area, call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today for a free case review. or 847-920-4540


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Driving On a Suspended License: 625 ILCS 5/6-303 - Blog

Being arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked driver's license is a serious offense in Illinois.  Your license may have been suspended for a number of reasons, from failure to pay child support, to lack of insurance, or even a DUI.

Without proper representation, your suspension could be lengthened or your license permanently revoked.  Defendants are often under the impression that driving on a suspended license is simply a ticket/citation.  However, depending on the circumstances, this seemingly simple citation could be charged as a felony.

If you have been arrested for driving on a suspended or revoked license, call former prosecutor Matt Fakhoury today.  As your attorney, Matt Fakhoury will vigorously defend you in court.As a former traffic prosecutor, Matt Fakhoury has an extensive record of success in fighting suspended or revoked license cases.  Matt Fakhoury and his team will listen to your side of the story, and craft a thorough defense based on your individual needs. 

For a free case review, call Attorney Matt Fakhoury today: (847) 920-4540.  

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Sex Drive: Not a Defense to Aggravated Speeding - Blog


Several years ago, a speeding ticket was just that… a simple speeding ticket.  However, over the last few years, Illinois has increased the punishment for excessive speeding by making the offense a misdemeanor. 
Depending on how fast you drive, the most severe repercussion could be a year in the county jail and a $2500 fine.  Although that punishment is reserved for the most egregious cases, police, prosecutors, and judges are taking speeding tickets very seriously. A conviction for aggravated speeding is considered a criminal offense that can concurrently affect your driving and criminal records. 
Although this young man was creative in his defense for aggravated speeding, it was unsuccessful.  Read the full article Here.   
With offices off the Edens Expressway in Skokie, and I-90 and I-290 in Schaumburg, The Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury can conveniently serve your traffic needs.  Visit us at or 


Monday, June 4, 2012

Suspended or Revoked License

Is your driver’s license suspended or revoked? Do you know why?  At the Law Offices of Matt Fakhoury we will obtain your driver’s abstract and explain to you why your license is suspended or revoked.  In most cases, a suspension is the result of multiple traffic or parking violations.  A revocation on the other hand usually occurs when a serious offense involving a motor vehicle has been committed such as a DUI or Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle.  Whether your license is suspended or revoked, The Law Offices of M. Fakhoury will not only defend your case but will attempt to clear the suspension or revocation to reinstate your license.  Contact us now for a free case review.

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