Written by attorney W. Scott Hanken

Illinois Traffic Tickets and the necessity of Court Supervision

The impact of Traffic Tickets in Illinois

With each passing year, the Illinois Legislature and Secretary of State find new and ingenious ways of adding to the burdens oN motorists and implementing new law after new law that can seriously jeopardize your driving privileges. If they can't find any new laws to impose they fall back on increasing the penalties or effects of laws already on the books.

Don't be lulled into thinking a Traffic Citation is no big deal.

Many motorist who receive a Traffic Citation think it is no big deal..... simply pay a fine and move on. Unfortunately this way of thinking can lead to a myriad of problems down the road and turn small mistakes into big problems. Many people don't think of the impact that even a single traffic conviction can have upon their insurance rates or the cumulative effect 2 or more convictions can have on your ability to keep your driving privileges.

Traffic violations — from DUI to seat belt violations — can threaten your driver's license, result in heavy fines, raise your insurance rates, send you to mandatory classes or community service, and even affect your freedom. As a result it is imperative that you seek and receive Court Supervision.


Simply put, a disposition of Court Supervision is the only method whereby a motorist who pleads guilty to or is found guilty of certain traffic violations can keep those violations from appearing on their driving record and being available for discovery by insurers, employers and other entities who monitor your driving record. Upon payment of a fine in a timely manner and avoiding new violations during the Supervision time frame the case is effectively dismissed and therefore is not reported to the Secretary of State as a conviction. As a result, the violation does not appear in your public driving record.

It is possible to receive Court Supervision on two moving violation tickets in a 12-month period. Pleading guilty to a third ticket may cause you to have a conviction on your record. If you are over 21 years old, three convictions received in a 12 month period will result in a suspended license. By acting responsibly, you may be able to avoid a conviction, thereby avoiding a loss of driving privileges.

If you are under 21, only two convictions for moving violations in a 24-month period will result in a suspended license.

If you have received a notice of license suspension, act quickly. It may be possible to undo the damage if you act immediately even after the suspension takes effect.

The biggest mistake you may make is just paying the fine by mail. Know the implications and act in your best interest-seek Court Supervision!

If you have a moving violation ticket as illustrated below — and especially if you have received two — don't take them lightly, doing so may turn you into a passenger or walker for a period of time and make auto insurance unaffordable.

Common moving violations to focus on are as follows:

  • Speeding ticket
  • Running a red light
  • Running a stop sign
  • Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident
  • Leaving the scene of an accident with property damage
  • Improper lane usage
  • Camera generated tickets
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving with expired license plates or registration
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Driving with a revoked license
  • Driving without insurance (or without proof of insurance)
  • Seat belt violations
  • Construction zone speeding
  • DUI Drunk Driving

Understanding your obligations as a motorist and more importantly, understanding the impact and pitfalls that come with Traffic Violations, will serve you well in protecting your driving privileges and ensuring affordable auto insurance. KNOW YOUR OPTIONS!


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