If you are a minor (under the age of 21), or know a minor who resides in Joliet, Plainfield, Will County, or the surrounding areas, you may already be aware that the State of Illinois has penalties in place for anyone who receives a traffic citation. However, what you may not know is that more stringent penalties have been put in place for anyone who receives a traffic citation under the age of 21.
It is important for young drivers to be aware that they risk the consequence of having their license suspended if they receive a speeding ticket. If a driver under the age of 21 receives two convictions within one year time period, they can have their license suspended. So if a minor receives two tickets that were part of the same traffic stop, their license can be suspended. Likewise, if a minor receives two tickets issued on separate occasions, but still within the one year time period, their license can also be suspended.
Joliet, Plainfield, and other Will County residents should be aware that according to the Illinois Rules of the Road, if a driver under the age of 21 is convicted of two or more moving violations, including speeding, within a 12 month time period, their license can be suspended for a minimum of 30 days, depending on the seriousness of the traffic offenses. In some cases, a driver may be required to complete a driver remedial education course in order to reinstate their driving privileges. In other cases, a suspended driver may be eligible for a Restricted Driving Permit during their suspension period, but this is not guaranteed.
If you, or an individual you know, is a minor who has been ticketed for speeding in Joliet, Plainfield, Will County, or the surrounding areas, and would like to discuss your situation with an experienced attorney, please contact us at Hamilton & Antonsen, Ltd. at 815.729-9220.