Should you hire a lawyer to fight a speeding ticket?
If the speeding ticket you were issued was for speeding under 26 mph, you might be able to just pay the fine and avoid going to court. However, if this is not your first offense, if there were other charges involved, or if the ticket requires that you make a court appearance, then it’s probably a good idea to hire an experienced traffic lawyer to defend you.
The State of Illinois assigns “points” to your driver’s license when you receive a speeding ticket.
- Speeding too fast for conditions. 10 points
- 1-10 mph over the limit. 5 points
- 11-14 mph over the limit. 15 points
- 15-25 mph over the limit. 25 points
- 26-29 mph over the limit. 50 points
- 30 mph over the limit. 50 points
- Speeding in a school zone. 20 points
- Speeding in a work zone. 20 points
Three moving violations within a period of 12 months will result in a suspended license, and the length of the suspension will depend on the number of “points” that you have accumulated, assuming you had no prior suspension or revocation within the last 7 years.
- 15 through 44 points: 2 month suspension.
- 45 through 74 points: 3 month suspension.
- 75 through 89 points: 6 month suspension.
- 90 through 99 points: 9 month suspension.
- 100 through 109 points: 12 month suspension.
- 110 or more points: Revocation.
So…should you hire a lawyer? If you drive for a living, if you have a CDL, or if your livelihood requires a daily commute, it’s best to keep your license as free of points and/or violations as possible. Contact Attorney David B. Franks, a skilled DUI / traffic ticket lawyer, for a free initial consultation.