If you’ve been cited by a law enforcement officer for a traffic violation, you don’t have to simply accept it. This guide tells you what you can do about traffic violations in Chicago. Traffic violations come with serious consequences, but with the help of an attorney, you may be able to fight the charge and avoid penalties like fines and license suspension.
Understanding the Traffic Violation
The first step is to understand the specific traffic violation you’ve been charged with. Some of the most common traffic violations in Chicago are:
- Aggravated speeding
- Driving without a valid license
- Driving on a suspended license
- Leaving the scene of an accident (hit-and-run)
- Reckless driving
- Disobeying a traffic control device
Each of these violations carries different penalties, so it’s important to know which one you’re facing. You can find this information on the citation or ticket you were given.
After You’ve Been Cited
After you know which violation you’ve been charged with, you have a few options. You can:
- Pay the fine: This is the simplest option, but it also means pleading guilty to the charge. This will likely result in an increase in your insurance rates and may result in points being added to your driver’s license.
- Attend traffic school: In some cases, you may be able to attend traffic school instead of paying the fine. This can keep points off your license and may help keep your insurance rates from going up.
- Fight the ticket: You have the right to contest a traffic citation in court. This option is usually best handled with the help of an attorney.
If you choose to fight the ticket, you’ll need to appear in court and present your case. An attorney can help you navigate the legal process and build a strong defense.
Related: Illinois’ open container laws
The Consequences of Traffic Violations
Traffic violations can have serious consequences in Chicago — and the penalties can range from fines and fees to the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. Many people choose to get in touch with a traffic violation defense attorney.
An experienced attorney can help you understand the charges against you and what options you have. They can also represent you in court and work to get the best possible outcome in your case.
Related: Common DUI-related offenses and their penalties
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