Illinois Speeding Ticket FAQ
How much does a speeding ticket cost?
The cost of tickets in Illinois have increased in recent years. The hope is that higher fines will make people think twice about speeding. Currently the cost of tickets in Illinois are as follows:
- 20 mph above the speed limit – $120
- 21-30 mph above the speed limit – $140
- More than 30 mph above the speed limit – $160
- Running a red light – $120
- Making an illegal turn – $120
- DUI – $1500
Do I have to appear in court for a speeding ticket?
A standard speeding ticket generally does not carry with it a requirement that a person appear in court. However, if that speeding ticket is for speed in excess of 15 mph over the limit or for failure to carry proof of insurance you may be required to appear in court.
How long will a speeding ticket stay on my driving record?
Speeding tickets and other moving violations such as running a red light will remain on your driving record for four to five years from the date of conviction. If the ticket is the basis for a suspension or revocation of your driving privileges then it will remain on your record for a minimum of seven years from the date that your privileges are reinstated.
What is court supervision?
Court supervision is an alternative to a conviction for a traffic violation. When a judge grants court supervision a person is placed under the court’s jurisdiction for a period of time ranging from 6 months to 2 years. In addition you may be required to pay a fine or attend traffic safety school or both. So long as you successfully complete the order of supervision a judgment of conviction on your ticket will not be entered and it will not appear on your driving record.
Am I eligible for court supervision?
- Many people who receive a traffic ticket request court supervision. A judge is authorized to impose the disposition of court supervision in most situations. By law however judges are not allowed to grant court supervision in the following instances:
- Speeding in a construction zone or school zone
- Passing a school bus that is loading children
- Second violation of driving without insurance
- Second violation of displaying false evidence of insurance
- Second violation of driving with registration suspended due to insurance violation
- Certain offenses relating to truck and weight regulations
Can I get my licensed back after receiving a statutory summary suspension or having my license revoked?
If you have received a statutory summary suspension or otherwise had your license suspended or revoked you may be able to get your license back. Many times having an experienced attorney on your side who can lead you through the process will make a huge difference in your chances for success. Besides paying all of your fines and completing any court mandated counseling or other programs, you will have to travel to Springfield for a hearing. This hearing is your chance to present your case as to why the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office should reinstate your license.