Vehicle Code Offenses

The state legislature added another offense to the Illinois Vehicle Code in 2011. Passed as Public Act 96-1237, the new law became effective on January 1, 2011. The law adds a new charge to the DUI laws already on the books. The new law can be found at 625 ILCS 5/11-507. It is called supervising […]

Traffic Stop | Swerving in Lane | Police Arrest Driver for DUI | Cook County | Improper Lane Usage | ILU 11-709

Every person who was arrested for driving under the influence in Illinois should look back at the traffic stop. The question that must be answered is, why was the defendant pulled over in the first place? A traffic stop is legally a seizure that falls under the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The […]

The Illinois legislature has increased the penalties for traffic tickets in 2011. A new law has gone into effect that requires the Secretary of State to revoke the driver’s license of any person who is convicted of a vehicle code offense that is the proximate cause of the death of another. Most people are aware […]

Illinois law on driving under the influence changed significantly in 2008. In that year, the legislature added additional penalties for the offense of DUI. For example, an arrest for DUI where the driver does not have a valid license turned into a felony offense. For years defendants who were arrested for DUI without a valid […]

DUI and no insurance: penalties under Illinois law

by Sami Azhari on December 19, 2010

DUI Without Insurance

An arrest for driving under the influence in Illinois can be deceiving. Usually the driver is released from police custody on a signature bond. Few are required to post bond. Further, the charges are filed on traffic tickets. Some people develop expectations that the DUI may not be a serious matter. This mindset is sometimes […]

Illinois Speeding 40 MPH | 625 ILCS 5/11-601.5

A speeding ticket in Illinois can result in a fine and traffic school. In some instances, it can result in a suspended license. Recent changes in the law make certain tickets more serious. Beginning in 2011, a speeding ticket for driving 31 mph over the limit is a criminal offense. The new law makes it […]

Illinois Commercial Driver's License | Summary Suspension | Cancelled CDL for DUI

Consequences of DUI on a commercial driver’s license

by Sami Azhari on October 29, 2010

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is subject to strict rules that do not apply to an ordinary driver’s license. For example, a person with an ordinary driver’s license will have his license suspended for 3 convictions for moving violations within a year. But a CDL will get canceled after only two moving violations in 3 […]

MDDP Violations Resulting in Cancellation by Secretary of State

Cancellation of MDDPs by the Secretary of State

by Sami Azhari on October 24, 2010

A violation of the rules for the Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) can cause the Secretary of State to take adverse action against that person’s driving privileges. The Secretary of State can extend the summary suspension, cancel the permit all together, and even require the driver to obtain a restricted driving permit after the summary […]

MDDP Rules Violations

A summary of Illinois MDDP violations

by Sami Azhari on October 23, 2010

The Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) that is available for first offenders is subject to certain terms and conditions. These rules apply to all permitees, regardless of the individual circumstances of their case. For example, a person whose driver’s license is suspended for a positive urine test for cannabis or a controlled substance must used […]

When a driver is confronted with an order from the police to pull over, failure to do so can result in serious criminal charges. The penalties for failing to stop are enhanced if the driver commits multiple moving violations prior to making a complete stop. The law in Illinois says that fleeing or attempting to […]