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Top 10 Illinois CDL Traffic Violation Tickets (2018).

After receiving an Illinois CDL traffic violations ticket, a CDL (Commercial Driver's License) holder may feel overwhelmed and shaken up by the event of a CDL disqualification. But it is critical for the CDL driver to seek legal help as soon as possible in order to avoid the risk of losing driving privileges and the future loss of income.

It is extremely important not to mail in payment and not to ask for traffic safety school for any serious moving ticket violation. It does not matter whether a CDL driver asks for Court Supervision - doing so only results in placing a conviction on the (MVR) motor vehicle record. Furthermore, arrangements will have to be made to take time off away from work in order to physically attend traffic school inside the county of the State where the traffic ticket was issued. Certain violations can increase insurance rates and result in a disqualification or suspension of CDL driving privileges.

Just because the police told you to mail in the ticket in order to save you a trip to the local courthouse does not mean you should avoid speaking to an Illinois traffic attorney. Two serious moving violations in any 36-month period will result in a CDL being suspended for a minimum of two months. See 625 ILCS 5/6-514(e).

Here is a top 10 list of Illinois CDL traffic violations judged to be convictions based on a finding of guilty against the CDL driver:

Some charged with drug crimes after fatal overdoses

Illinois law enforcement agencies, like most others across the country, are fighting an uphill battle against drugs in their communities. Unfortunately, authorities may overlook the fact that many involved in drug crimes need treatment for their addiction instead of incarceration for their offenses. One particularly disturbing criminal charge dating back to the 1980s holds responsible anyone who gives drugs to someone who then suffers a fatal overdose.

An 18-year-old man is currently facing drug-induced homicide charges after he allegedly purchased and shared heroin with his friend. When the friend overdosed in the basement of his parents' house, the man called 911, but emergency responders could not save his friend's life. Because the man had purchased the heroin used in the fatal overdose, police arrested him. This is not an isolated incident.

Do police have the right to search your vehicle?

As you sit on the shoulder of the road and watch in your rearview mirror as an Illinois police officer approaches your car, it is natural to feel nervous and anxious. Your hands may shake, and you may begin to sweat. You may even feel angry or insulted that a cop would pull you over, and this can cause you to act without thinking. Do you know what to do if the officer asks you to step out of the car? Do you know when police can search your vehicle without your permission?

From the moment police engage their flashing lights, your rights are in jeopardy. Officers may take advantage of the fact that few people really understand their rights during a traffic stop. Knowing how far police can go when they pull you over is critical to protecting your rights.

The difference between a suspended and a revoked license

Drivers in Illinois may understand the consequences of certain actions on the road. Driving while intoxicated, speeding, reckless driving and other violations can result in tickets, fines and even jail under some circumstances. However, another serious result of a traffic violation is the risk of losing one's driving privileges, either temporarily or permanently. Understanding the difference between a suspended and a revoked license is the first step to avoiding this hardship.

License suspension is a temporary loss of driving privileges. You may have a definite date when you can begin the process of reinstating your license, or it may depend on other factors, such as getting caught up on late child support payments. License suspension typically occurs after a driver accumulates too many points for speeding and other violations, although a suspension can take place immediately after a DUI conviction.

Driver charged with drug crimes after wreck

An Illinois man is facing criminal charges after he crashed his vehicle and allegedly hid illegal substances while waiting for police to arrive. He is currently accused of committing drug crimes among other charges, including armed violence and possessing a stolen firearm. Police say that eyewitness reports helped them uncover the hidden items that led to these charges.

In early June 2017, a 19-year-old man crashed his car at an intersection. Although the exact nature of the collision is not clear, it appears to have been a single-vehicle wreck in which the driver was not hurt. However, the collision left his vehicle disabled and stuck on a median.

Seeking DUI defense following July 4 celebrations

Summer is in full swing, and one of the biggest celebrations of the season happens this week. With July 4 festivities, there is sure to be plentiful food, friends and fireworks. There is also likely to be alcohol served at picnics and gatherings, and the party atmosphere is perfect for kicking back and having a good time. However, Illinois police will be out in full force to keep the roads safe for travelers, and this could mean many will be seeking DUI defense.

ISP published reminders to motorists that drunk driving is the most common factor in fatal car accidents over Independence Day weekends. Since July 4 is on a Wednesday this year, the potential for intoxication may expand through the weekend. Police warn drivers to take precautions to avoid accidents by having a designated driver or ride-sharing option in place before beginning to drink and preventing others from driving when they have had too much.

When is speeding a misdemeanor?

Being accused of speeding is bad enough when it leads to a traffic ticket. After all, such tickets can have a range of impacts for an individual. However, there are circumstances here in Illinois under which speeding allegations could expose a person to even harsher consequences. This is because, under Illinois law, there is a point where speeding shifts from a traffic offense to a misdemeanor crime.

This point is 26 mph over the speed limit. Individuals accused of going at least this speed can face misdemeanor charges. What penalties they could face depends on how much past this threshold they are accused of having gone.

Understanding field sobriety tests

If Illinois police pull you over on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, your anxiety level will undoubtedly rise. Everything from that moment may seem unfamiliar and confusing, and your impulse may be to just do what the officer tells you to do. However, this may not be the best plan of action.

Police rely on your sense of uncertainty during a traffic stop, and they may take advantage of your confusion to gather evidence to use against you. It is critical to know your rights and to react firmly and politely when an officer's request steps over the line. One element of a DUI arrest during which you may be most vulnerable is the field sobriety tests.

The consequences of driving with a suspended license

It was bad enough to have to bum rides as a teenager, but having to do it as an adult is borderline embarrassing. Having a suspended driver’s license seems like adding insult to injury to the charge that got you to this point in the first place.

On the one hand, it seems like it would be relatively easy to drive with the license suspended, and, perhaps, no one would know. But then, there is always the possibility of getting caught.

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