It is unfortunate that many uninformed drivers in Illinois choose the quick and easy way out when it comes to speeding tickets they received in Wisconsin. I have recently received many calls from Illinois drivers that were told by a friend, colleague at work, family member and even the Wisconsin police to just pay a Wisconsin ticket. The problem with this well intentioned advice is that the people giving the advice are not trained attorneys licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Even attorneys licensed in either Illinois or Wisconsin often are not aware of the consequences to drivers outside their respective states. I am an attorney that takes great pride in staying informed of the consequences in both States. The costs of an out of state conviction can multiply fast down the road. These consequences include potential suspension of driving privileges in Illinois, increased insurance premiums and further expenses involving the reinstatement of an Illinois driver's license. Often times people have received bad advice or simply don't know the law in Illinois regarding out of state convictions. Let's explore the issues and consequences further.
ILLINOIS LICENSE SUSPENSION FOR THREE CONVICTIONS
In Illinois, if a driver receives three convictions for any moving violations in a twelve month period, their license will be suspended in Illinois. Illinois law provides that a driver is eligible for court supervision twice within a twelve month period as well. Court supervision does not count as a conviction and will not cause a suspension of driving privileges. In essence you can get two supervisions and still have convictions to spare if the tickets are far enough apart and the prosecutors and judges are willing to grant the two supervisions without imposing a conviction. The imposition of court supervision also serves to reduce the risk of increased insurance premiums as these citations are not generally reported to insurance companies. Illinois traffic laws allow for momentary lapses in judgment with regard to speeding but for Illinois drivers who get ticketed in Wisconsin, the law may not be so forgiving.
COURT SUPERVISION NOT RECOGNIZED IN WISCONSIN LAW
Unlike the Illinois system, Wisconsin law does not recognize the concept of court supervision and thus EVERY disposition of a speeding ticket is a conviction when a guilty or no contest plea is entered. The imposition of a conviction against someones driving record most commonly occurs when an Illinois driver gets a Wisconsin speeding ticket and then just sends in payment. Once the ticket is paid the conviction is entered and then reported to Illinois where it becomes part of the driver's record with the Secretary of State, unlike a Supervision disposition. Insurance companies will also be made aware of the conviction and increased premiums could result that stay in place for years, penalizing an Illinois Driver with added expense for years to come that all could have been avoided if they are eleigible for an amended charge.
HOW THE RICHARD ALBANESE LAW OFFICE STRIVES TO PROTECT ILLINOIS DRIVERS
Although Court Supervision is not an option in Wisconsin there is still hope for relief for Illinois Drivers. Generally speaking, with proper representation most Wisconsin State and Municipal prosecutors are willing to amend a speeding charge to a non-moving violation when appropriate for respectful drivers with a otherwise clean record. The end result is that an Illinois Driver can pay a modified ticket in Wisconsin that will have no impact on their Illinois License. Once you have retained Richard Albanese you will likely not have to appear in court to contest your ticket, which saves not only a long trip back to Wisconsin from Illinois, but also saves time and the expense of having to take a day off work to appear on a citation. Please feel free to contact the Richard Albanese Law Office today at 312-882-1973 or at http://www.criminalandtrafficdefenseattorney.com or at [email protected] for a free consultation on your speeding ticket in Kenosha, Racine, Dane County, Lake Geneva, and any other city in Wisconsin.