CONSEQUENCES OF SPEEDING TICKETS AND TRAFFIC CONVICTIONS IN WISCONSIN FOR ILLINOIS OR OTHER OUT OF STATE DRIVERS
DO I NEED A WISCONSIN SPEEDING AND TRAFFIC TICKET ATTORNEY TO HELP ME KEEP A TICKET OFF MY ILLINOIS DRIVING RECORD?
In Racine or Kenosha Wisconsin and other counties, villages and towns across Wisconsin paying a speeding or traffic ticket through the mail without going to court and without attorney representation can often have unforeseen and costly consequences down the road. Convictions result from simply paying a ticket through the mail can result in suspension of driving privileges for multiple offenses. A Wisconsin speeding ticket conviction is reported to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation electronically from the court of issuance. If the driver carries a Wisconsin license the ticket is added to their driving record and points are assessed against the persons driving record. When an Illinois Driver has a Wisconsin Speeding ticket conviction reported to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation the conviction is reported to the Illinois Secretary of State usually within 1-2 weeks after the conviction is entered. Irrespective of the level of speed involved a conviction is notated on the Illinois driving record for the Wisconsin speeding ticket.
There are three types of Driving Records kept by the Illinois Secretary of State which include: 1) Internal Records - these are for Secretary of State use only and consist of the entire driving history, 2) Court Purposes Records - which are available to the driver, his/her attorney or a court official (prosecutor/State's Attorney) and law enforcement and 3) Public Records - which are available to the driver's employer, insurance companies, and private citizens. It is also worth noting that there is no formal expungment procedure for speeding tickets and other traffic violations that originate in Wisconsin or any other state and as a result a recorded ticket can stay on your driving record even for 4-5 years per the Illinois Secretry of State guidelines found here: Illinois Secretary of State Frequently Asked Questions.
Most drivers are concerned with the Public Records category as that is how their insurance premiums can be increased for out of state convictions for Wisconsin speeding tickets on their driving record or a family member's driving record. The Court Purposes category becomes relevant when a driver gets more than one ticket on their record from any state across any period of time. These records are often generated daily and reviewed by Prosecutors and Judges in Illinois and Wisconsin as your case is called in court. Wisconsin Speeding Convictions can be held against you in court when you face the consequences of a new ticket in Illinois.
CAN AN ILLINOIS DRIVER LOSE THEIR DRIVING PRIVILEGES FOR SPEEDING OR TRAFFIC TICKETS IN WISCONSIN?
Beyond the financial consequences of paying a speeding or traffic ticket in Wisconsin without the assistance of a Wisconsin Speeding or Traffic Ticket Attorney is the possibility of losing your license. The Illinois Secretary of State is not sympathetic to drivers who fail to pay speeding or traffic tickets or register too many convictions over a 1-2 year span of time. Illinois Secretary of State suspensions and revocations that often result when people are not properly represented in Wisconsin traffic courts are outlined specifially here: Loss of Illinois Driving Privileges.
Often these consequences are not realized immediately in court or when tickets are paid by mail and may happen weeks later when the Secretary of State is notified of the disposition of your tickets by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Illinois drivers who are not represented by a Wisconsin Speeding or Traffic Ticket Attorney often discover too late that certain actions they took or failed to take triggered a suspension or even revocation of their Illinois Driver's License.
WILL A WISCONSIN SPEEDING OR TRAFFIC TICKET RESULT IN INCREASED INSURANCE PREMIUMS IN ILLINOIS?
When a driver's record with the Illinois Secretary of State reflects a Wisconsin speeding conviction the Illinois driver's insurance company will see that conviction in their audit for renewal of premiums. Increased premiums could result for even one Wisconsin speeding ticket conviction, penalizing an Illinois driver with added expense for years to come. Insurance.com recently published a Traffic Ticket Calculator Guide guide to various traffic offenses and their potential impact on insurance premiums noting that depending on the range of speed convictions could result in a 20% - 30% increase in premiums depending on insurance providers. Carinsurance.com also published a recent article addressing how much car insurance goes up after a speeding ticket offering comprehensive state by state breakdown of the potential increases in insuarance premiums based on the various ranges and speeding tickets as well as the individual variances of rate increases between several popular insurance companies.
HOW FORMER PROSECUTOR RICHARD ALBANESE CAN HELP AN ILLINOIS DRIVER WITH A SPEEDING TICKET OR TRAFFIC CASE IN WISCONSIN
Prior to becoming a traffic and speeding ticket attorney I served as a Prosecutor for over a decade handling literally thousands of speeding and traffic offenses. As a former prosecutor I am aware of all the possible dispositions that can be offered by a prosecutor in Illinois and Wisconsin depending on a client's traffic background and circumstances of the case.
When I first speak to a client I establish their relevant traffic history and driving record. I then consider the level of speed that they are being accused of traveling as well as the location they were stopped by the police as well as any positive or negative interactions they had with the police officer. I also establish if the client has a special license classification such as a CDL or more recently UBER or LYFT drivers whose livlihood depends on a clean driving record.
Once I have determined the individual circumstances of the client and their speeding or traffic citation in the Wisconsin courts I appear on behalf of my client in court and negotiate the best outcome presenting relevant mitigating background evidence to the prosecutor in Wisconsin that may be handling the case. The primary goal is always to secure a dispostion that does not result in a conviction for a client that could negatively impact their driving record and insurance. Often I can secure a dispositions of amended non-moving violation categories of charges that do not negatively impact a client's Illinois driving record.
The Richard Albanese Law Office routinely handles speeding tickets in municipal, city, village, town and circuit courts in Kenosha County, Racine County, Dane County, and Lake Geneva (Walworth County) for drivers from all states who get speeding tickets in Wisconsin. The Richard Albanese Law Office handles speeding tickets in many other cities, villages and towns across Wisconsin as well. Please contact the Richard Albanese law office today for a free consultation.