Results in Traffic Court: Conviction, Conditional Discharge, and Supervision

Web Admin - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

illinois traffic court lawyerFrom speeding tickets to car accidents, traffic court is one of the most common ways that people find themselves involved in the legal system. While people can sometimes avoid the hassle of going to court by simply mailing the ticket in with payment, that is often not the most prudent strategy. Mailing the ticket in with payment is equivalent to a guilty plea. This means that it will likely affect a person’s insurance rates, as well as add points to their license, which can eventually result in a license suspension or revocation if a person receives too many points over a specific a period of time. Conviction for more serious crimes, such as driving under the influence (DUI), can also have serious consequences, like impairing a person’s ability to receive professional licenses, or impacting their future employment prospects.

A better strategy for handling a traffic ticket of any magnitude is to go to the courthouse and contest it. When a person contests a traffic ticket, a few different things can happen. First, the ticket can be dropped altogether or the person can be found not guilty. While this is certainly not a common occurrence, it can happen, especially if a person has only a minor ticket, such as a speeding violation, and if their lawyer can present extreme or unusual evidence to explain why the violation occurred. More commonly, a person can receive a conditional discharge or court supervision. Those two outcomes are very different, and they can have a large impact on the ultimate cost of the traffic ticket.

Conditional Discharge Versus Court Supervision

Conditional discharges are a form of probation that the court imposes on someone after they have been convicted of a traffic violation, often along with fines or traffic school. The difference between conditional discharge and ordinary probation is that the court will monitor the person’s compliance with the particular conditions laid out in a discharge. The problem with receiving a conditional discharge is that, because it counts as a conviction, it will appear on a person’s record with the Secretary of State, which can cause an increase in insurance premiums. Those costs can be quite high, even for minor speeding tickets, which, according to Forbes, can cause insurance premiums to rise over 10 percent.

Supervision differs from a conditional discharge in that it is not technically a conviction. That means that, even though the court may impose fines or traffic school for the violation, it will not increase a person’s insurance premiums, which can add up to a savings of hundreds of dollars every year, depending on how severe the offense was.

If you recently received a traffic ticket, contact a Des Plaines traffic attorney today. Our firm serves towns across northwest suburban Cook County including Deer Park, Rolling Meadows, and Buffalo Grove. We have experience defending people accused of traffic violations, and can help you avoid the hassle and expense of a conditional discharge.

About the Author: Founding partner of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, Colin Gilbert, received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of law in 2005. Colin argues cases across many practice areas including criminal defense, collections, real estate law, and corporate law. He is involved in his local Illinois community as an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, and the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. In 2012, Colin was nominated for 2012 Business Leader of the Year by the Chamber.

What Happens if I Get Caught Driving Without a License in Illinois?

Web Admin - Friday, December 13, 2013

By Colin H. Gilbert 



The State of Illinois takes driving without a license very seriously. The law does not view this like a mere speeding ticket or red light violation. Instead, the Illinois Vehicle Code allows the state to pursue criminal charges against drivers who get on the road without a license.

The law breaks down the seriousness of getting caught driving without a license into three separate categories depending on a variety of factors. These factors include whether or not the reason the person has a license, whether the person ever had a license, and the person’s age.

Driving without a license starts off as a petty offense. The law considers it a petty offense if the person had a license at one point in the past year, and merely let it lapse. In these cases the law limits the punishment to a $500 fine. If the person’s license expired more than a year ago, or if the driver in question is below the age to get a driver’s license then the law upgrades the crime to a class B misdemeanor. 

Class B misdemeanors can trigger punishments of up to $1,500 in fines, and 180 days in prison. However, jail time for unlicensed driving in this case is uncommon, and judges are allowed to sentence offenders to probation or community service instead. The law may also punish driving without a license as a Class A misdemeanor in the event that the driver committed the offense after the Secretary of State suspended or revoked their license. In these cases, the court may sentence the offender to up to a year in prison, along with $2,500 dollars in fines.

Additionally, people caught driving without a license face more than just criminal sanctions. The Secretary of State will also get involved by suspending their license. License suspensions can last anywhere from two months to a year depending on the number of convictions for driving without a license that a person has received. Also, license suspension affects even those people who never received a driver’s license, since they will be unable to get one for the length of their suspension. Furthermore, after a person’s fifth conviction, the Secretary of State can revoke a person’s driving privileges. In this instance, the state will not allow the person to drive until they have recovered their privileges in a formal hearing.


If you face criminal charges for driving without a license, you do not have to go through the process alone. Contact a Schaumburg criminal defense lawyer today. We serve many northwest suburban areas including Rolling Meadows, Arlington Heights, Barrington, and other nearby communities.

Consequences for Illinois Traffic Tickets: What You Should Know

Web Admin - Friday, November 08, 2013

Drivers in Illinois face a complex system of penalties every time they get a traffic ticket or moving violation. These penalties can include fines, points on their driving record, and even the suspension of a driver’s license. Plus, convictions for traffic offenses often increase the cost of a person’s car insurance.

Traffic Violation Consequences

One of the most immediate and noticeable results of a traffic conviction is the fine that tends to accompany them. These fines range anywhere from $50 to $350 for most offenses, while more serious violations, like DUIs, can cost $2500 for a first offender. But, Illinois imposes penalties beyond those fines for traffic tickets. The state of Illinois uses a point system to track a driver’s history of offenses. These point values range from five points for driving below the minimum speed limit all the way up to 55 points for reckless driving.

Accruing points can cause serious problems for drivers, especially if they commit three traffic offenses within a twelve month period. If that happens, the state can suspend their driver’s license for a certain amount of time (anywhere from two to 12 months) based on the number of points on the license. Additionally, if the driver has over 110 points on their license the state can revoke their license. Unlike suspensions, which end after a certain amount of time, revocations last at least one year, but may last longer and depend on the government’s discretion.

Traffic convictions also increase a driver’s insurance premiums. One study showed that convictions can raise rates by as much as 22 percent for something like reckless driving, or 11 percent for a smaller offense like speeding. To put that in perspective, the average driver pays $850 a year to insure their car, which means that a speeding ticket would cost about $85 every year on top of the fine and the risk of suspension.

What You Can Do Before Conviction

You can take several steps to avoid the consequences that come along with traffic convictions. Of course, you should always drive carefully and obey the rules of the road. Beyond that, taking a defensive driving may qualify you for a reduction in your car insurance rates. Additionally, contesting the traffic tickets can help you avoid these consequences.

Fighting the ticket in court can severely decrease, and even completely eliminate the penalties that come from traffic violations. And, you don’t have to fight it on your own. Contact an experienced Arlington Heights traffic attorney today. We help residents throughout the area, including Chicago, Crystal Lake, Palatine, Rolling Meadows, and Buffalo Grove.

Recent Posts


employment attorney personal injury law firm Chicago will attorney, social media platforms, Illinois estate planning lawyer, Arlington Heights personal injury attorney Schaumburg drug crime Long Grove wills and trusts attorneys Palatine elder law attorney Des Plaines personal injury attorney back injuries license reinstatement Des Plaines injury law firm Fourth of July Policy Cancellation real estate closing child safety Illinois business law atorneys life insurance claims rollover car crashes Schaumburg car accident attorney Illinois traffic ticket lawyer anesthesia errors medical malpractice Barrington attorney texting while driving Joliet general practice lawyers natural gas explosion LLCs Rolling Meadows boating crash lawyer texting and driving Illinois wrongful termination lawyer Crystal Lake personal injury attorney Illinois estate planning law firm Rolling Meadows traffic attorney Illinois traffic attorney employees trucking accidents Long Grove real estate lawyer Illinois employment attorneys Palatine traffic lawyer business litigation wrongful termination Schaumburg traffic lawyer financial advisors Crystal Lake medical malpractice attorneys criminal defense Barrington workers compensation attorney Arlington Heights personal injury lawyer Kenilworth estate planning attorney digital assets fatal car accidents federal regulations for LLCs probate process Illinois elder law attorney traffic laws employment law, Illinois employment laws DGAA wrongful death Crystal Lake pet attorney ken apicella Des Plaines Traffic Lawyer Crystal Lake bike accident lawyer elder law FSLA Schaumburg insurance lawyers marijuana Schaumburg personal injury attorney pedestrian accident Home Remodeling Repair Act Inverness injury lawyer car collision insurance claim dispute South Barrington real estate attorney Illinois registered agent breathalyzer test Crystal Lake business law attorneys eluding a police officer Palatine employment lawyer real estate attorneys preventing accidents Riverwoods estate planning lawyer hit and run accident digital information Illinois business lawyer TBI Illinois trusts attorney deadly crashes Class A misdemeanor insurance agents IRELA Barrington Traffic Lawyer Chicago employment attorney Illinois home inspection living wills Palatine corporate attorney Do Not Resuscitate Crystal Lake criminal defense attorney cell phone tower data Palatine business attorney Fair Labor Standards Act Illinois employment laws Schaumburg employment law attorneys criminal law rumble strips Illinois LLC creation DNR homestead rights estate planning Schaumburg estate planning lawyer traffic accidents forming a corporation in Illinois power of attorney for healthcare life insurance policy estate planning, death tax, succession plans, business estate plans, Barrington estate planning lawyers job lawyers insurance attorney insurance dispute, insurance dispute lawyers, insurance claim denial, insurance claim delays, Rolling Meadows insurance dispute attorneys Illinois probate lawyer whistleblower protections Buffalo Grove personal injury attorney independent contractor Rolling Meadows criminal attorney compensatory time advance healthcare directive income distribution deducation insurance claim delay Schaumburg employment attorney workers comp underfunded trust Deer Park criminal attorney Deer Park medical malpractice attorney Chicago lawyer slip and fall blood alcohol content estate planning attorney Arlington Heights accident attorney Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorney employee misclassification defective products medical malpractice, missed diagnosis, delayed diagnosis, medical mistake, Deer Creek medical malpractice lawyers unauthorized overtime Crystal Lake traffic lawyer surgical mistakes workers compensation benefits Palatine construction attorney Chicago employment lawyer Deer Park workers compensation lawyer internet Rolling Meadows corporate lawyer Rolling Meadows Deer Park motorcycle accident lawyer estate planning lawyer School Visitation Rights Act cell phone accidents foreclosure Barrington personal injury attorney personal injury lawyer health insurance dispute involuntary manslaughter Buffalo Grove criminal defense lawyer Rolling Meadows employment law attorney DUI defense workers compensation Illinois insurance dispute lawyers vacation home Barrington injury attorney premises liability disability benefits Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyer college kids liability claims truck collisions Deer Park personal injury lawyer insurance negligence Illinois bicycle safety Illinois employment law trauma after an accident IRS living trust vs will blended families commercial leasing probate claims process Des Plaines DUI attorney Inverness personal injury attorney Schaumburg construction accident lawyer Mount Prospect real estate lawyer trucking accident lawyers Des Plaines tax law firm Illinois lawyer real estate contract Barrington employment law attorney estate planning, digital assets, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act, Illinois digital assets, Illinois estate planning, Illinois pet lawyer Inverness real estate lawyer Affordable Care Act Illinois criminal defense attorney Rolling Meadows tax attorney employment contract, employment law, employment at-will, Deer Park employment law attorneys, contract, probate claims Des Plaines real estate lawyer Barrington litigation attorney federal crimes holiday statistics healthcare claims Deer Park accident attorney brain injury IRA benefits Illinois law car crashes pet bites Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyer Schaumburg drug defense lawyer Inverness elder law lawyer traffic deaths pedestrian-automobile accident Illinois Sales Representative Act digital assets, digital fiduciary, estate planning, digital content, Long Grove estate planning lawyers probate lawyer Rolling Meadows medical malpractice lawyers Palatine real estate lawyer owner responsibility personal injury meal breaks Illinois will lawyer bike accident Deer Park employment law attorney ACA changes to mortgage law creditors swimming pools Illinois attorney pizza emoji Des Plaines accident attorney auto accidents Barrington medical malpractice lawyers right to work Self-Directed IRA Accounts healthcare Schaumburg civil litigation attorney products liability Illinois DUI attorney Rolling Meadows employment law attorneys Illinois wills and trusts employee discrimination comparative negligence Illinois workers compensation lawyer Crystal Lake injury attorney sexual harassment Illinois Human Rights Act criminal record Colin Gilbert license suspension fiduciary rule construction contracts jet ski Forcible Entry Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyer Illinois speeding lawyer Illinois traffic accident lawyer Palatine traffic accidents Landlord Tenant Ordinance suspended license wills and trusts Rolling Meadows insurance attorney Arlington Heights traffic attorney real estate lawyer food poisoning privacy South Barrington real estate lawyer insurance claim dispute attorney dynasty trusts attorney fees trustee sexual images motorcycle accident Kenilworth estate planning attorneys reckless homicide Illinois civil litigation lawyer Illinois medical malpractice claim pedestrian injuries, pedestrian fatality nursing home negligence Illinois medical malpractice lawyers license revocation investment property Schaumburg probate attorney overtime pay controlled substance Illinois estate planning attorney gift tax exemption, estate planning, estate planning strategies, Illinois estate planning, South Barrington estate planning attorneys car accidents Illinois real estate lawyer Buffalo Grove corporate attorney civil litigation attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers, insurance dispute estate tax Long Grove estate planning attorneys Liquor Control Act distracted driving accident victims fault based insurance Mt Prospect Attorney Whistleblower Claims corporate law breach of contract Inverness DUI lawyer tax attorney Illinois personal injury attorney condo Crystal Lake medical malpractice law firm Barrington criminal defense lawyer car accident lawyer Rolling Meadows personal injury lawyers Arlington Heights trucking lawyer Palatine civil attorney employee rights Crystal Lake will lawyer license real estate leasing personal injury accidents insurance claims Attorney Ken Apicella Arlington Heights car crash attorneys mass shooting construction accidents, personal injury, wrongful death, Arlington Heights personal injury attorneys, workers' compensation trust payments denied insurance claim living trust benefits Rolling Meadows business lawyer Des Plaines criminal attorney Arlington Heights car accident lawyer civil litigation Des Plaines civil attorney distracted driving accidents Inverness insurance attorney car accident Illinois tax attorney insurance dispute attorney Thanksgiving Buffalo Grove medical malpractice lawyers Chicago estate planning lawyer Palatine insurance lawyer jet ski accidents Illinois trucking safety dog bites Illinois jet ski accident lawyer severance agreements Chicago attorney privacy laws Illinois pedestrian accident attorney traumatic brain injury Arlington Heights pedestrian accidents low-ball insurance settlement landlord Arlington Heights tax lawyer Chicago insurance law firm unfunded trust denial of life insurance hands free device Arlington Heights TBI attorney Retaliatory Discharge Schaumburg real estate lawyer insurance disputes Illinois insurance disputes Palatine trusts lawyer criminal Rolling Meadows accident lawyer insurance claim wills Inverness estate planning lawyer DMV Super Mario Illinois Smoke Detector Act appealing an insurance claim Buffalo Grove car accident lawyer crossover accidents small business Deer Park traffic lawyer motorcycle accident lawyer insurance disputes, Illinois insurance disputes, Illinois insurance dispute attorneys, denied insurance claims, Arlington Heights insurance dispute attorneys Chicago insurance claim attorneys Des Plaines medical malpractice attorney Rolling Meadows criminal lawyer Rolling Meadows estate planning attorney revenge porn Rolling Meadows marijuana attorney Inverness corporate attorney Crystal Lake pedestrian accident lawyer real estate Mount Prospect wills and trusts lawyers Illinois living will Deer Park real estate law firm Des Plaines pet law attorney POA Rolling Meadows litigation lawyer Buffalo Grove probate lawyer bad faith insurance claims denied insurance claims unpaid overtime elder abuse Crystal Lake car accident attorney subcontractor Chicago biking tips Inverness real estate attorney Palatine drug lawyer Illinois insurance lawyer real estate zoning Illinois motorcycle accident lawyer Chicago traffic lawyer digital media accounts, estate planning, Arlington Heights estate planning attorney, preventable medical errors Illinois rollover accident lawyers power of attorney murder defense liability Schaumburg elder law lawyer Illinois injury lawyer Palatine estate planning lawyer Palatine punch death Illinois employment lawyer commercial leases personal injury claims Crystal Lake employment law attorney pedestrian accidents Arlington Heights Attorney personal injury attorney car crash living trust CAM underinsured motorist Palatine probate lawyer modern family estate planning traffic violations defense marijuana crimes attorney Barrington personal injury lawyer life insurance Des Plaines motorcycle accident attorney boating DUI Barrington civil litigation attorney Crystal Lake insurance lawyer murder estate plan Buffalo Grove employment lawyer natural gas probate Arlington Heights injury attorney taxes Schaumburg criminal attorney capital gains tax Illinois Probate Act of 1975 Jay Andrew Illinois driving without license Schaumburg wrongful death attorney Crystal Lake car accident lawyer Palatine corporate law attorneys Rolling Meadows personal injury attorney personal injury, auto accident injuries, delayed injuries, serious injuries, Des Plaines personal injury attorneys Buffalo Grove law firm vacation home fines Rolling Meadows Attorney loopholes Crystal Lake traffic attorney Rolling Meadows probate lawyer Arlington Heights insurance attorney insurance denials llinois Real Estate Lawyers Association contracts employment contract traffic crimes Illinois collections attorney pregnant women estate attorney guardianship attorney liens filing a medical malpractice claim Palatine criminal defense lawyer Palatine civil litigation lawyer medical marijuana Long Grove estate planning attorney Schaumburg injury lawyer Des Plaines insurance attorney Rolling Meadows insurance lawyer Illinois insurance claim attorney Colin H. Gilbert Illinois insurance claims lawyers Illinois insurance attorney Barrington Illinois estate planning lawyer minimum wage Rolling Meadows Traffic Lawyer Deer Park traffic accident attorney hiring employees medication errors Illinois medical malpractice attorney ObamaCare Long Grove real estate attorney Illinois traffic attorneys Illinois insurance claim dispute lawyers real estate attorney GM ignition switches insurance denial appeals mortgage Arlington Heights estate planning attorney landlord tenant law Illinois estate planning no contest clauses Illinois workplace lawyer personal injury claim Barrington business law firm Rolling Meadows car accident lawyers traffic tickets Illinois employee rights attorney. Arlington Heights wills and trusts attorneys Home Sale Contingencies work unions Palatine workers compensation lawyer Rolling Meadows DUI lawyer special needs trust Des Plaines personal injury lawyer PTSD Illinois workplace discrimination attorney Chicago trucking accident attorney wage theft clemency foreclosed rental property drunk driving Schaumburg Attorney Food and Drug Administration's Food Safety Modernization Act murder charges Crystal Lake accident attorney new real estate form Des Plaines real estate attorney medical malpractice claims DUI penalities Schaumburg corporate attorney home inspection lawyer Illinois personal injury paid sick leave Palatine employment attorney Crystal Lake medical malpractice lawyer Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act boating under the influence defective products lawyer medical malpractice compensation underage DUI manufacturing gift taxes Rolling Meadows employment attorney Palatine Attorney rest breaks Buffalo Grove real estate attorney bicycle accidents Illinois employment law attorneys installment contracts Inverness traffic law firm Chicago corporate attorney Illinois boating accident lawyer condo association Schaumburg medical malpractice lawyer drug crimes boating accidents Illinois Transfer on Death Instrument Barrington criminal lawyer Arlington Heights real estate lawyer Employment Discrimination Law Crystal Lake employment lawyer Buffalo Grove insurance claim dispute lawyers Arlington Heights wills and trusts lawyers traffic violations Arlington Heights Traffic Lawyer dram shop law employment lawyer Schaumburg estate attorney Long Grove estate planning residential real estate Arlington Heights employment attorney Arlington Heights employment law attorneys cell phone Chicago car accident lawyer Crystal Lake law firm drunk driving statistics trench injuries Illinois employment law attorney workplace sexual harassment digital evidence uninsured motorist startup company insurance adjusters BAC spinal cord injury wrongful termination, employment law, whistleblower protections, Illinois employment laws, discrimination in the workplace Chicago will attorney estate planning trusts Illinois car accident attorney Illinois corporate lawyer Illinois mortgages traumatic brain injuries Buffalo Grove traffic lawyers Transfer on Death Instrument drugs Illinois defective products attorney Palatine personal injury lawyer insurance agent negligence employment law, meal breaks, rest breaks, hotel employees, Des Plaines employment law attorneys Des Plaines Barrington estate planning lawyer Crystal Lake civil litigation lawyer Detainer Actions Inverness accident lawyer Chicago estate planning traffic offenses trusts speeding Illinois real estate Crystal Lake employment attorney Illinois medical malpractice case Des Plaines collections attorney commercial real estate employment law Family Medical Leave Act Buffalo Grove injury lawyer Palatine law firm DUI attorney Illinois red light cameras fiduciary rule delay civil rights violation senior citizens Illinois personal injury lawyer Arlington Heights lawyer Barrington employment law firm Deer Park DUI lawyer Illinois wills and trusts attorneys Illinois construction accident attorney social media after death Barrington real estate lawyer irrevocable trust sole proprietorship bicycle dooring accidents deed transfer Mount Prospect elder law attorney agent Des Plaines personal injury lawyers probate fees driving Des Plaines claims law firm Illinois job attorney automated cars BUI Illinois personal injury lawyers unpaid assessment overtime violations Crystal Lake tax lawyer IRA trust transfer pain and suffering Crystal Lake personal injury lawyer spinal cord injuries accidental death benefits pay when paid contract institutional trustee field sobriety test Inverness civil lawyer Schaumburg personal injury lawyer Buffalo Grove personal injury lawyer consent to a search problem employees Illinois workers compensation attorney Palatine employment law lawyer Legal Info loss of consortium FMLA Des Plaines drug lawyer Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission construction accidents icy parking lots Schaumburg estate planning attorney Barrington boating accident attorney Rolling Meadows real estate attorney BAIID slip and fall accidents insurance dispute Barrington estate planning attorney Illinois traffic laws Exclusions Schaumburg personal injury lawyers Illinois small business comp time Des Plaines drug crimes lawyer operating agreements Crystal Lake estate planning lawyer Arlington Heights medical malpractice lawyer head on collisions insurance claim denials Palatine injury attorney Rolling Meadows insurance dispute lawyers Illinois car accident lawyers Inverness probate lawyer expungement Arlington Heights criminal lawyer DUI pet law Crystal lake insurance dispute attorney dealing with problem employees car crash injuries Barrington employment attorney estate planning for college students caregiver in terrorem provision Buffalo Grove traffic attorney medical research Rolling Meadows drug defense attorney drug crimes lawyer Kenilworth estate planning lawyer Schaumburg criminal law attorney product liability caretaker rights golf accidents rollover accidents insurance claim denial life insurance lawyer drug possession first degree murder rent to own real estate contracts Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act Barrington drug crime attorney Illinois employment law firm Rolling Meadows traffic law firm