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What happens if you don’t pay a traffic ticket?

If you ignore a traffic ticket will it go away?

Unfortunately not. Sooner or later, traffic tickets come home to roost – even if you live in another state or city from where you were ticketed.  The consequences of not paying a ticket can range from an additional fine, to suspension of your driver’s license, to a warrant for your arrest.

Why you should avoid a first DUI conviction

Penalties for a first DUI conviction in the state of Illinois are harsh. But second convictions? They’re even harsher. This is one of the reasons why you should avoid a first conviction.

While you may assume that you’ll never get a second conviction after experiencing a DUI arrest, it’s important to remember that you’ll be treading on very thin ice.  Nobody plans to be arrested a second time, but it can happen. And the penalties for a second DUI are so harsh in Illinois, you won’t be able to drive for five years if convicted.

Talking To Teens About Underage DUI

As parents, you may find that you need to have uncomfortable conversations with your teenagers as they grow up and prepare for adulthood. One of those conversations should be about the consequences of drinking and driving.

Illinois is a zero tolerance state when it comes to underage drinking and driving.  Zero tolerance means that if your child is operating a vehicle and under the age of 21, any detectable amount of alcohol in your system can result in a suspension of driving privileges and potentially even an arrest for DUI, because, a single drink will put your child over the ‘zero tolerance’ limit.

Five need-to-knows for drivers with CDLs

If you're a commercial truck driver then you probably realize how important your driving privileges are. For you, driving is more than something you do — it's your livelihood. Without your license, you wouldn't be able to drive your truck, deliver goods and receive a paycheck. You'd be left without a way to perform your job and could lose it as a result.

It's because of this very reason that getting good legal advice in so important, especially if you are facing drunk driving charges.

A DUI can impact your commute and bank account

One night of partying could lead to long-term repercussions. If you get pulled over and accused of driving under the influence (DUI) the consequences may last longer and pop up in ways you do not expect. One of the more immediate consequences is the potential loss of driving privileges. Another ramification, that is sometimes over looked, is the financial burden long after the charges have been dealt with.

What can you do if your license is suspended or revoked?

There are quite a few reasons that driving licenses can be suspended or revoked in Illinois. Losing your license no doubt places heavy burdens on you, as you may have trouble getting to work or taking your children to school. Luckily, you have options to regain driving privileges or reinstate your license altogether.

Five need-to-knows for drivers with CDLs

If you're a commercial truck driver then you probably realize how important your driving privileges are. For you, driving is more than something you do - it's your livelihood. Without your license, you wouldn't be able to drive your truck, deliver goods and receive a paycheck. You'd be left without a way to perform your job and could lose it as a result.

It's because of this very reason that getting good legal advice in so important, especially if you are facing drunk driving charges.

Four things that can affect the results of your breath test

Breath tests have become the golden standard in just about every state in the country, including here in Illinois. Not only do they allow police to determine a driver's level of impairment immediately following a traffic stop (oftentimes right there on the side of the road), they are less invasive than blood tests (and less likely to violate a person's constitutional rights as well).

Unfortunately, as paper written by a doctor at the University of Washington's Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine points out, these tests haven't gotten any more accurate over the past few decades despite advancements in technology. Furthermore, numerous studies have concluded what many defense attorneys have been saying for years: these tests aren't as accurate as police and prosecutors think.

Driving (legally) after a DUI is still possible for some

Choosing to drive after consuming alcohol can have disastrous consequences here in Illinois because it could mean losing your driver's license and ability to legally drive in the state -- or elsewhere for that matter.

While some may not encounter too much difficulty after losing their license, you might find it devastating, especially if:

License Suspended vs. Revoked: What's the Difference in Illinois?

Everyone who has ever owned a motor vehicle understands that there are certain risks that people face when they hit the open road. These risks include hitting potholes, car accidents, animals crossing the road, and traffic violations. While people can have their license suspended or revoked for any number of reasons, there are certain reasons that are more common than others.

Why Might Someone Have their License Suspended or Revoked?

It is vital for people to remember that the ability to operate a motor vehicle is a privilege and not a right. This means that people can have their license suspended or revoked at any time for a variety of reasons. Some of the more common reasons include: