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Wheaton traffic violations attorneyThere are plenty of ways you can get a traffic ticket in Illinois — running a red light, not fully stopping at a stop sign, forgetting to use your blinker while you are turning — the list goes on and on. Traffic tickets can range anywhere from a correctable violation, such as a broken tail light, to felony criminal charges, such as aggravated speeding or reckless driving. For many people, getting a ticket means paying the fine and dealing with the consequences, but in some cases, it can be beneficial to fight the traffic ticket rather than accept it. Some traffic tickets can be charged as criminal offenses and can carry jail time, which is much more serious than just paying a fine. If you have gotten a traffic ticket, it is important that you understand how to minimize the consequences you may face.

Should You Fight the Ticket? Factors to Consider

In some cases, you may want to fight a traffic ticket. In other cases, it is probably best to just pay the fine and move on. Figuring out which route to take can be tricky, especially because each traffic offense carries different consequences. Before you do anything, you must determine if the trouble of fighting the traffic ticket is worth the outcome. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have sufficient evidence to support your claim in court?

  • Do you have the time needed to attend court hearings?

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points system, Illinois driver's licenseUpon becoming the recipient of a traffic ticket in Illinois, many make the mistake of simply paying their fines and going about their daily routine. However, doing so is a guilty plea and results in the addition of points on your license. These points build up and roll off, both affecting your driving record. With too many points, further consequences can be expected.

Earning Points

Unlike other situations in which the objective is to accumulate as many points as possible to win a game, prize, or goal, in this situation, the intention is to remain with little to no points. The addition of these tallies can eventually have adverse effects on your driving privileges, including license suspension. Points are earned with each additional citation with a guilty plea or verdict. The number of strikes received depends on the crime and other factors. A few common errors that result in points are:

  • Speeding;
  • Following too closely;
  • Texting while driving;
  • DUI;
  • Leaving the scene of an accident;
  • Failure to stop at a red light; or
  • Reckless driving.

Points Accumulation Results

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DuPage County criminal defense lawyer, paying your traffic ticketYou may think that a traffic ticket is not a big deal. However, before you open your checkbook and pay the fine, you may want to know the potential consequences of that ticket. Some tickets are not just infractions—they could lead to criminal consequences.

Possible Consequences to Traffic Violations

Most traffic violations seem minor and receiving a speeding ticket or two in one's life is common. However, the consequences for many traffic infractions can be greater than you think. Possible consequences of receiving a traffic ticket include:

  • Driver’s license suspension;

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