Traffic offenses range from petty or ordinance offenses to felony charges. Petty and ordinance offenses carry little to no jail time and a small fine, but can be detrimental to you being able to legally drive. Some of these offenses in Missouri carry points. These points are assessed against your license and if you accumulate too many points in a 1 year period, you could lose your license for a matter of months and up to a matter of years. Illinois does not use a point system. Instead, Illinois will suspend your license based on the number of convictions you have in a 12 month period. The number of convictions required to suspend your license varies depending on your age and the charge you are alleged to have committed.
Misdemeanor Traffic Charges:
Some traffic offenses are charged as misdemeanors. These charges are more serious than petty or ordinance violations and carry with them maximum jail times, fines and probation. Please refer to the sentencing guidelines on this website for the state you are charged in to view the maximum penalties for your charge; Missouri or Illinois.
Felony Traffic Charges:
Felony traffic offenses almost always end up with a loss of license for a year or longer. These offenses include those where an accident was involved causing significant property damage or personal injury to another and even yourself, a DUI/DWI, theft of a vehicle, theft of motor vehicle fuel, leaving the scene of an accident and others. Please refer to the sentencing guidelines on this website for the state you are charged in to view the maximum penalties you are facing for your charge.
If property damage or personal injury is alleged in your traffic charge, you may be looking at the possibility of restitution as being part of your sentence. Restitution is the monetary amount of damages you allegedly cost another person or entity by committing whatever traffic offense you are accused of. These amounts can range from a few dollars to several thousand. If you are sentenced to probation, not paying court ordered restitution can extend your probation or even cause the prosecution to violate your probation. This means you have to go back to court for the same case you thought was closed. Additionally, there are certain legal ways to limit your liability as to restitution. Call Attorney Travis Strobach for your free consultation (314) 651-9360