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How to Get a Speeding Ticket Off Your Record

Updated on March 15, 2023 → Under

Have you recently been charged with a speeding ticket? It can be quite bothersome to have a speeding ticket on your driving license to ruin your clean driving record and there are many financial consequences that come with it. While it is best to avoid speeding or violating a traffic law, you may still get stuck with one and in this case, you need to ensure that you keep that speeding ticket off your record in the best way you can. 

This article will help you understand what you need to do if you get charged with a speeding ticket. For more information bout your case, call an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic attorney today for a free consultation!

To speak to a member of our legal team, call 847-359-4005 to get started with your traffic case!

Does a Speeding Ticket Affect Your Driving Record?

It is a general practice of the DMV to keep a driving history of all the drivers using a point system. They get a notification when and if you get caught making traffic violations and then they add points to your license

The number of points for each traffic offense depends on the state you are in at that time and the intensity of the infraction. These points can ruin your clean record. To learn more about point-assessable traffic violations, you can contact the DMV in Illinois.

speedometer showing someone speeding

These points can have a negative impact on your auto insurance costs. Once you have a lot of points, then there is a high probability for the state to order a driver's license suspension. If you reach closer to the limit, you may receive a warning first. 

How Long Does a Ticket Stay On Your Record?

Generally, if you get convicted for crossing the speed limit then the department of driver services may add points to your license. If you get more than 15 points within the span of 24 month period, then you will have to face license suspension.

Different states have a different determined period of time for the points to stay on the license. It can stay for up to 2 years on the license from the date you got these points. During these 2 years, the points will come off when the time is up. Some of your points will end sooner while some later. 

Will a Speeding Ticket Increase Your Insurance?

Many people question whether or not the insurance rates will increase after they get a speeding ticket. It is true that insurance companies check the driver records of the customers before policy renewal. If you have any driving offenses or any criminal record then that may cause the insurance companies to increase their rates. They may offer you a higher insurance premium than before up until the points are completely off of their records. 

Ways to Keep a Ticket Off of Your Driving Record

Since it is very problematic to get even a single ticket, you must try your best to keep it off of your driving license. Here are some things you can do to ascertain that the ticket stays off no matter what type of ticket it is. 

Contest The Ticket

The first thing you can do is contest the ticket which means that you plead not guilty and are willing to go to the county courthouse for the ticket. You can either do this on your own, or you can take help from a lawyer and they can fight your case for you. There can be many possibilities from the case, such as a reduction of fine or you can also get a dismissal. 

FAQ: What are the consequences of aggravated speeding in Illinois?

To get the best outcome, carefully read through the citation to ensure that there are no errors, and if there are, you can challenge the court based on a technicality. 

Reach out to The Clerk of The Court

There are many instances where the clerk of the court has great power. You can use their power and convince them to reduce the ticket to a non-moving violation. These clerks can also give you a deferral or in the best-case scenario you can even take up a driver improvement course to completely keep the ticket off of your record. 

However, you may still have to pay the fine for the ticket and any court fees. To get in touch with the clerk you can find their number on the citation and call them to inquire about the clerk of the court. 

Ask For Mitigation

If you are not a dangerous driver and do not have many tickets then you can also opt for mitigation. With mitigation, you will be able to get a reduced fine but it will not keep the ticket off of your records. 

When you opt for mitigation you can plead guilty and then explain everything that happened that led to you getting a ticket. You can also ask the district court judge to show some leniency and if that appeals judge then you may get a low fine. However, there are no guarantees that this will work and the judge might even ignore your excuse entirely. 

Get a Deferral

In the deferral option, you get to plead guilty or the court might find you guilty on their own. If that happens, during the deferral period, the ticket will not be added to your records. 

The duration can be as long as 1 year. If there are no citations during this period then the ticket will be dismissed. It will not make an appearance on your license. 

a car speeding in Illinois

On the other hand, if you do get another citation, then it will go on your record along with the new citation. This can increase your insurance rates significantly. It is important to keep in mind that a deferral is not a solution per se. The district judge needs to approve it first before you can get one. 

Call Dohman Law Today to Help You With Your Traffic Ticket!

Did you receive a traffic ticket and don't know what to do with it? You can count on Dohman Law and we will help you channel your way out of your ticket and stay on your records for a long.

We have the best expert on board who can give you the kind of assistance you are looking for. Give us a call today and we will rush to assist you! 

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