Illinois Points System Attorneys
In Illinois, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) uses a points system to track and penalize moving violations on an individual’s driving record, called the driver’s abstract. Each time you receive a conviction for a moving violation, a certain number of points is added to your record. If you get too many points in the course of one year, you will face a license suspension or revocation. The duration of the suspension or revocation will depend on how many points you are assigned. At the Law Office of Francis J. Discipio, we are knowledgeable about the DMV points system and always mindful of minimizing the points our clients receive against their license.
Understanding the Points System
Points are assigned towards a license base on the severity of the offense. Less severe offenses are assigned nominal points and more severe offenses are assigned numerous points. Here are some of the assigned point values for common offenses:
- 1 to 10 mph over the limit – 5 points
- 11 to 14 mph over the limit – 15 points
- 15 to 25 mph over the limit – 20 points
- Greater than 25 mph over the limit – 50 points
- Reckless driving – 55 points
- Failure to obey a stop sign – 20 points
- Failure to obey a traffic signal or light – 20 points
If you are over 21 and you receive three convictions for traffic tickets in a 12-month period, your license could be suspended. The length of your suspension depends on the number of points on your record as follows:
- 0 – 14 points – no action
- 15 – 44 points – 2-month suspension
- 45 – 74 points – 3-month suspension
- 75 – 89 points – 6-month suspension
- 90 – 99 points – 9-month suspension
- 100 or more points – 12-month suspension
For those who have had their license suspended or revoked in the previous 7 years, the suspensions are longer.
Our attorneys can answer all of your questions about the Illinois Points System and how to prevent a traffic violation from counting against your driving record. Our Practice serves clients throughout the Cook County and DuPage County including Wheaton, Bridgeview, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie. Contact Us today for a free initial consultation.