Receiving a traffic violation is something that all Illinois drivers fear. Being pulled over for a speeding ticket, receiving parking violations in the mail, or being charged with a more serious traffic offense is stressful. You could have to pay fines, receive penalty points, or lose your driving privileges, which can cause significant hardship.
There are two types of traffic violations in Illinois, moving and non-moving violations. If you have been charged with a moving violation, you can face serious penalties. Even one traffic ticket can cause you to lose your driver’s license and you have a right to defend against any moving violations. The lawyers at Hirsch Law Group have been helping citizens throughout Illinois fight against moving and non-moving traffic violations for over 15 years.
Our lawyers have significant experience with all areas of criminal and traffic laws, and we want to do everything we can to prevent a conviction in your case. An experienced traffic lawyer from our law firm will investigate your moving traffic violation case, come up with a defense strategy, create a Mitigation Packet to support your case, and try to get your charges dropped. With license suspension, our lawyers will fight to get your license reinstated and prevent you from suffering any further economical harm.
At Hirsch Law Group, we care about your future.
Call our law office today at 815-880-1134 to schedule a free consultation.
Moving Violations Explained
Moving violations are traffic violations that happen when a vehicle is in motion. The law considers moving violations to be dangerous, as they have more potential to cause harm than non-moving violations. Moving violations are divided into two categories depending on their level of seriousness; minor and major moving violations.
Examples of common moving violations in Illinois include:
- Driving through a stop sign
- Failing to stop at a red light
- Failing to use signals
- Driving too close to other vehicles
- Making an illegal U-turn
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
Moving violations may be charged as traffic offenses or brought as criminal charges. The penalties for criminal moving violations can be severe and you could face felony charges with a permanent criminal record. Prosecutors and police officers are tough on those accused of major moving violations and you will need a strong defense to prevent serious penalties.
Penalties For a Moving Violation
The penalties for moving violations depend entirely on the type of violation you are charged with. Minor moving violations, such as texting while driving or speeding, have less severe penalties than more serious moving violations, such as reckless driving. The penalties for some petty moving violations include:
- Speeding ticket – $120 fine for 1-20 mph over the legal speed limit and attendance in traffic school
- Running a red light – $120 fine
- Making an illegal turn – $120 fine
Criminal Moving Violations
Most traffic violations that are more serious will lead to criminal penalties, including drunk driving, reckless driving, or fleeing the scene of an accident. Criminal penalties are a lot more severe than the penalties for traffic infractions, and you could face jail time, probation periods, and a criminal record. Some examples of criminal penalties for serious moving violations include:
- Driving under the influence (DUI) – Up to $2,500 in fines and one year of jail time
- Reckless driving – Up to $2,500 in fines and one year of jail time
- Hit and run – Up to fourteen years in prison and driver’s license suspension
What Are Non-Moving Violations?
Generally, a non-moving violation occurs when a motor vehicle is not moving. However, there are some non-moving violations that happen when a car is in motion, such as failure to wear a seat belt. A non-moving violation is a less serious traffic violation that is not reported to the Department of Licensing (DOL). A non-moving violation will not affect your driving record or driver’s license, but a moving violation will.
Examples of Non-Moving Violations
Common examples of non-moving violations include:
- An expired license or vehicle registration
- Equipment violations, including excessive muffler noise
- Parking violations, including parking too far away from the curb
Drivers in Illinois will usually receive traffic tickets for non-moving violations they are required to pay. Local law recently changed to prevent courts from taking away people’s driving privileges for being unable to pay for non-moving violations. If you are facing repercussions for failure to pay for traffic tickets, speak with an experienced traffic attorney immediately. They will ensure that your license is not suspended over non-moving violations.
Will a Moving Violation Affect My Driving Record?
Besides potential fines and criminal penalties resulting from moving violations, those who are convicted or cited for a violation will receive penalty points. The point system in Illinois provides that if a person is convicted of three traffic violations within one year, their license will be suspended.
The time they receive a suspension depends on how many points they have on their driver’s record. Too many points can cause license suspension for one year or, in some cases, revocation. There are some moving violations that can cause an automatic suspension or revocation of your license, including driving under the influence (DUI).
With penalty points on your driving record, you will face significant hikes in your car insurance premiums. Insurance companies try to get as much money from their customers as possible. If you receive a moving violation and penalty points, they will use this as an excuse to increase your insurance rates. You may face higher insurance rates for up to five years after receiving a moving violation in Illinois.
Traffic Attorneys at Hirsch Law Group
The consequences of a moving violation can be severe. All moving violations have consequences, whether it is penalty points, revocation of driving privileges, fines, or criminal penalties. The only way to avoid facing these consequences is by hiring legal representation.
An experienced lawyer can help you contest a moving violation by bringing the issue to court, investigating the validity of the traffic ticket, and negotiating to get the citation or charges thrown out. The lawyers at Hirsch Law Group can help you by using their expertise, experience, and unique skills.
At our law firm, we have a wide range of experience in multiple practice areas. Our lawyers have worked as former prosecutors and bring this unique insight to all cases that come through the door. With moving violations, we know that there are serious consequences, particularly for those facing criminal charges.
If you lose your driver’s license, you cannot drive to work, may lose your job, be unable to bring your children to school, and carry out everyday tasks. Traffic courts and prosecutors do not care about the effect that a moving violation could have on an individual’s life and often they do not take the time to consider this.
Our law firm will fight tirelessly to prevent license suspension and get your license reinstated if it has been automatically suspended. We will also ensure that your voice is heard, build a mitigation packet on your behalf to give the court a clearer image of who you are and what you could lose, and fight to protect your future.
Hirsch Law Group – What is a Moving Violation?
Out of non-moving violations and moving violations in Illinois, the penalties for moving convictions are far more severe. Although it may not seem like it, traffic tickets can be a big deal, and you could end up losing your license with too many points. You reserve the right to defend against moving violations and prevent any serious penalties. The lawyers at Hirsch Law Group want to help you do this.
Our law firm helps citizens of Oklahoma fight against the traffic court and criminal justice system by building powerful defenses and providing aggressive representation. Our managing attorney, Gordon H. Hirsch, has won multiple awards for his experience, including The National Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers, Enterprise 2022 Best Criminal Defense Attorneys in Chicago, and an AVVO rating of 10.0.
When dealing with traffic offenses or criminal charges, you need to have a legal representative that cares about your future. Hirsch Law Group is committed to providing the highest quality of legal representation to all of our clients and ensuring that they can navigate through their cases feeling protected.
Call our law firm today to schedule a free consultation at 815-880-1134.