Traffic Offenses

In Illinois, there are three different types of offenses that you can be charged with for certain traffic violations:

traffic violations:

Petty Tickets

“Petty” tickets are those that are written to you that do not require you to come to court if you pay your ticket prior to the court date. However, keep in mind, if you have a CDL or a bad driving history, simply paying the ticket may have implications on your driver’s license and if you rack up enough of these tickets within a specific set of time, then you could lose your licenses or your CDL status. I would encourage anyone who is given a ticket to speak with an experienced attorney prior to paying the ticket.

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There are some traffic offenses that may be charged as a Misdemeanor. There are three classes of Misdemeanors, Class A, B, and C with Class A being the most severe Misdemeanor you can be charged with. A Class A Misdemeanor has the possible penalties of up to 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Some examples of Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses are:


  1. Reckless Driving
  2. Driving Under the Influence (Alcohol, Drugs, or Combination)
  3. Driving with a Suspended or Revoked License
    Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Traffic Violations


there are some “enhanced” traffic offenses that may be charged as a Felony. Felonies carry different ranges for years of incarceration and different amounts of fines, depending on the specific class that is charged. Some examples of Felony Traffic Offenses are:

Aggravated Driving Under the Influence

Vehicular Homicide

Leaving the Scene Resulting in Death or Serious Injury

Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude an Offier

Reckless Driving Causing Death or Serious Injury

If you have been written a traffic citation or caused with a Misdemeanor or Felony resulting from a Traffic Offense, I would strongly encourage you to call and set up a consultation today.