How long does a traffic ticket stay on your Illinois driving record?

According to the Illinois Secretary of State, traffic tickets for moving violations will stay on your Illinois driving record for four to five years from the date of conviction. Moving violations include offenses such as speeding, disobeying a stop sign, disobeying a traffic control light, and improper lane usage.  The Secretary of State generally removes these offenses at their discretion during that timeframe.

Traffic tickets that result in a suspension or revocation will stay on your driving record for at least seven years from the date of license reinstatement. Convictions for alcohol and drug-related offenses (i.e. DUI) will permanently stay on your Illinois driving record.

Only court supervision or a dismissal will prevent a traffic ticket from showing up on your public driving record in Illinois. Convictions not only count toward the suspension of your driver’s license but can significantly affect insurance premiums.

Our traffic ticket defense attorneys are often able to remove a ticket from your public driving record by re-opening the case via a motion to vacate. Under certain circumstances, our attorneys can appear in court in order to request the removal of a conviction even if the ticket was already paid. Of course, as every case is unique, you are encouraged to contact us to discuss the likelihood of success.

An Illinois traffic attorney can often increase the chances of keeping your driving record clean. Contact The Davis Law Group, P.C. if you have received an Illinois traffic citation. Call us today at (847) 390-8500.

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