Can My Illinois Driver’s License Be Suspended for Speeding?
In Illinois, speeding is a traffic violation that can have a variety of consequences depending on the extent to which a driver exceeds the posted speed limit. The majority of speeding tickets will result in fines of only a few hundred dollars at most, while aggravated speeding, defined as a situation in which a driver exceeds the posted limit by more than 25 miles per hour, is actually a criminal misdemeanor offense. However, speeding of any kind can also result in another consequence that you may not expect: the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.
License Suspension Based on the Illinois Point System
In addition to any fines and other penalties assessed for a traffic violation, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office also operates a system in which each conviction for a traffic offense results in a certain number of points being added to the driver’s license. Many of these offenses involve speeding, and a more serious offense means a greater number of points assigned.
- 5 points are assigned to a driver who exceeds the posted speed limit by 10 miles per hour or less.
- 10 points are assigned to a driver whose speed is unsafe for the current driving conditions.
- 15 points are assigned to a driver who exceeds the posted speed limit by 11 to 14 miles per hour.
- 20 points are assigned to a driver who exceeds the posted speed limit by 15 to 25 miles per hour, or who exceeds the speed limit by any amount in a school, construction, or park zone.
- 50 points are assigned to a driver who is convicted of aggravated speeding.
- 55 points are assigned to a driver who is convicted of aggravated speeding in a school or construction zone.
A single speeding conviction will not result in the loss of your driving privileges. However, if you are 21 or older and your speeding conviction represents your third traffic violation in 12 months, your license can be suspended or revoked, depending on how many points you have accumulated. The same is true if you are under the age of 21, and your speeding conviction is your second traffic offense within 24 months. License suspension typically means that you will lose driving privileges for a defined length of time, whereas revocation means that you will need to fulfill certain criteria before becoming eligible for reinstatement.
Contact a Cook County Speeding Defense Attorney
If a speeding ticket puts you at risk of a suspended driver’s license or a criminal conviction, you need an attorney who can help you present the strongest possible defense. At Moretti Law, P.C., our Chicago traffic violation defense lawyer will work to help you keep your driving privileges whenever possible. For a free consultation, contact us today at 312-861-1084.