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.

Recent Posts


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