Franklin County, IL Traffic Lawyers
Benton, IL Traffic Ticket Attorneys
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Franklin County, IL Traffic Ticket Attorneys
With Interstate 57 running through Franklin County, Illinois, the Illinois State Police issued a lot of traffic citations for those traveling through. Franklin County has two major towns sitting along the interstate, Benton, Illinois has a population of around 7,000, and West Frankfort, Illinois has a population of around 7,100 residents, so the Franklin County State’s Attorney’s Office has the opportunity to file plenty of traffic cases. In 2020, Franklin County had 2,492 traffic cases filed, and in 2021, 2,917 traffic citations were filed against motorists on Franklin County roads. If you’re one of those to receive a ticket, we can help!
Franklin County, IL Traffic Tickets We Handle
- Speeding Tickets
- CDL Tickets
- Overweight Tickets
- Driving While License Revoked /Driving While License Suspended
- Construction Zone Tickets
- Driving Without Insurance
- Scott’s Law Tickets
- Reckless Driving
- Improper Lane Usage
- Failure to Reduce Speed
- All Other Moving Violations!
Why Choose Olson & Reeves to handle your Franklin County, Illinois Traffic Ticket?
Our Illinois traffic attorneys take great pride in making your experience as stress-free as possible. We understand how frustrating and obnoxious having to deal with a traffic ticket can be. From the time we are hired we take care of everything. No office visits are necessary, and we do almost everything through mail or e-mail.
We handle a large number of traffic cases throughout Southern Illinois every month. We have the experienced and local knowledge to help answer all of your questions. Some other reasons why you should choose us to handle your Illinois traffic ticket:
- No Court Appearances Required!
- No Points Against Your Driver’s License!
- No Increased Insurance Rates!
- 100% Free Traffic Ticket Review!
- Affordable Fixed-Flat Fees!
Reach out today to speak to one of our Illinois traffic attorneys to discuss your options today!
Still Not Convinced? Check Out What Our Former Traffic Clients Say!
- Shari C. – “Googled an attorney that handled a ticket in Pulaski County and called Olson & Reeves. Spoke to Sydney who is super nice and informative. She is definitely an asset to this office. They were reasonable and efficient. Thank you!”
- Madison M. – “They were great, and made a very confusing and stressful process seem effortless. I would absolutely recommend you employ them if you have traffic court-they are great representation!”
- Tasha C. – “Very down to earth firm. They explain everything up front. And don’t over charge. I’m thanking God for them because I have a CDL and they are saving my livelihood and career.”
- Kaylee B. – “Huge thank you to Sydney and Josh Reeves! I spoke with multiple attorneys regarding my traffic ticket and Olson & Reeves was the most upfront and reasonably priced. I couldn’t believe how easy and stress free the process was. 11/10 recommend!!”
- Randie R. – “They are very attentive, thorough and friendly, especially given the volume of traffic cases they take on. Would definitely recommend! Very professional.”
- Korina S – “I looked at several firms in the area and all had similar pricing for a speeding ticket defense. Sydney was very nice, knowledgeable and straightforward. The process went smoothly and I appreciated their help.”
- Nancy T. – “Josh Reeves went above and beyond to get me a fair outcome on my traffic ticket case. He took the time to explain everything and saved me from having to take off of work for the day for court. I had called different attorneys prior and ended up selecting Josh. He was thorough in explaining everything to me from start to finish. Go with the best, call him and his firm first if you want the best outcome possible. I’d use them again in a heartbeat!!”
- Rodney W. – I honestly had no idea HOW EASY and STRESS FREE my experience would be! I have told everyone I know, CALL Olson & Reeves, ask for Sydney!!! Now, let your stress and worry fade, rest assured this firm and Sydney will DO THEIR best! I’m more than happy, THANKS again to Sydney & Team!
- Adam M. Helped me with a traffic ticket, and were really great. Sydney was a huge help. I 10/10 would recommend.
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Illinois Traffic Points System
Illinois uses a demerit point system, meaning, if you get convicted of any type of traffic offense then points are attached to your driver’s license. While these points might seem meaningless to you, they can actually have some consequences. For example, if you receive enough points your driver’s license could actually be suspended. If you get convicted of a speeding ticket, which would mean you just pay the fine for the ticket, your insurance premiums could raise costing you way more in the long run. For Illinois speeding tickets, these are the points attached to your driver’s license when you’re convicted of a speeding ticket:
- Speeding 1 to 10 mph over limit – 5 points
- Speeding 11 to 14 mph over limit – 15 points
- Speeding 15 to 25 mph limit – 20 points
- Speeding 25+ mph over limit – 50 points
Potential Penalties for Franklin County Illinois Speeding Tickets
In Illinois, speeding tickets can have various consequences. Even if you’re not from Illinois, a speeding ticket or other traffic citation can affect your driving record in other states.
The different types of Illinois Speeding Tickets are as follows:
1 to 20mph over the limit – This is a standard petty speeding ticket. If you were to just pay the fine, the standard fine amount would be $120
21 to 25mph over the limit – This is also considered a petty speeding ticket. If you were to just pay the fine, the total would be $140
26 to 34mph over the limit – While this is a speeding ticket, it is actually a Class B misdemeanor and can carry up to 6 months in jail and a $1,500 fine! This is not a petty speeding ticket. It is an actual criminal offense. Examples of other Illinois Class B misdemeanors would be Possession of Cannabis between 10g to 30g and criminal trespass to property.
35mph+ over the limit – Anything over 35mph is a Class A misdemeanor and can carry up to one year in jail and a maximum of $2,500 in fines! A 35mph+ speeding ticket is a serious criminal charge. Examples of other class A misdemeanors in Illinois would be a first-time DUI offense or domestic battery. If you’re facing a class A speeding ticket do not take it lightly. These tickets can also sometimes be up-charged to a reckless driving offense.
What Happens If I Missed My Court Date for My Traffic Ticket in Franklin County, Illinois?
If you received a court date for Illinois traffic ticket and you missed your court date, a few things could happen. Many people’s first instinct is that they are going to go to jail. Missing a court date for a traffic ticket in Illinois does not automatically mean the judge issued a warrant for your arrest, in fact, a vast majority of the time that isn’t the case. A majority of drivers with court dates are there for what are known as “petty offenses.” Normal speeding tickets would be an example of these.
When a driver misses court for a petty offense, a judge will usually do one of two things:
- They will have the Circuit Clerks Office of the county send you a Notice of Appearance through the mail. This Notice is assigning you a New Court date for missing your first court date.
- The judge may also enter an ex parte judgment against you. In essence, an ex parte judgment means the court has found you guilty in your absence and you will be ordered to pay the fine. This means you are being convicted of the traffic offense.
If the judge does have to issue an ex parte judgment against you, then a traffic lawyer can assist you by filing a “Motion to Vacate” and having the case re-opened. Oftentimes, there is a filing fee associated with a Motion to Vacate. For most tickets in Southern Illinois it is generally $40.
If your ticket was a misdemeanor offense and you miss your court date, a judge may have the clerk send you notice to appear, however, a judge will more than likely issue a warrant for your arrest.
If a judge has issued a warrant for your arrest don’t panic. An attorney can assist you by filing a “Motion to Quash Warrant.” A vast majority of the time in traffic offense cases the State will agree to quash the warrant and the judge will not have a problem with it.
How Does a Franklin County Speeding Ticket Affect My Car Insurance Rates?
While many drivers are tempted to just pay their Illinois Speeding Ticket, they should seriously reconsider that.
According to a recent study, the true cost of a speeding ticket in Illinois can be as much as $1,124. The analysis found that a 40-year-old driver with a speeding conviction in Illinois can expect to pay 27.5% more for full coverage car insurance.
For younger drivers, the increase in insurance rates would be even higher. According to the study, a 25-year-old driver on average would pay an additional $1,092 over three years.
According to an article on Allstate Insurances website, which can be found by following this link, they acknowledge that if you get a speeding ticket it will increase the amount you pay for car insurance due to the perception that you’re at higher risk of an accident because of traffic violations on your driving record may affect the cost of your insurance.
If you do in fact receive an Illinois speeding ticket you should consider reaching out to our Southern Illinois Traffic Lawyers for a Free Traffic Ticket Evaluation to discuss your options and how we can help you avoid an increase in your car insurance rates.