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Illinois traffic ticket attorney, police ticket quotas, traffic offenses, ticketing drivers, legal enforcement, inconsistent legal enforcement, traffic ticket, speeding ticketTraffic stops are often an anxiety-producing experience since traffic tickets can be at best a hassle and at worst a serious financial blow. Many people also experience particular worry if their traffic stop occurred towards the end of the month, fearing that the officer who stopped them was working to meet a quota. However, that will no longer be a concern for motorists. Senate Bill 3411, which goes into effect at the start of next year, prevents police departments from instituting ticket quotas or using ticket quotas for the purpose of evaluating their officers.

The New Law

Police departments had defended the existence of quotas as a necessary tool for evaluating their officers, but they also came with serious problems. On the one hand, a ticket quota creates a quantitative measure that allows officers to be compared to each other. It lets police departments review officers and see if they have been shirking their enforcement duties.

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traffic ticket penalties, McHenry County Traffic Attorney, traffic offenses, traffic ticket, license suspension, increased insurance costs, driving record, traffic ticket fines, traffic convictionTraffic stops are some of the most common interactions people have with law enforcement personnel. In fact, according to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, tens of millions of people each year receive speeding tickets. Despite the frequency of these encounters, many do not fully understand the consequences of their traffic tickets. Therefore, tickets are simply paid off and forgotten. However, fighting a ticket may actually be the better option as there are penalties for traffic tickets beyond the fines, including points being added to a person's driving record, potential license suspensions, and even increased insurance costs, though the last is not a state-imposed penalty.

The Results of a Traffic Ticket

The most obvious and common result of a traffic ticket is the fine. Fines vary depending on the offense, but they tend to appear in the range of $50 to $350. However, more serious offenses, most notably DUIs, have increased penalties. DUI penalties can start out as high as $2,500 for a first offender, and repeat offenders can see the fines climbing as high as $25,000 in some circumstances.

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DUI, DUI arrests, DUI case, DUI charges, mandatory license loss, McHenry County criminal defense lawyer, reduce criminal chargesDUI charges are often considered some of the most severe traffic offenses encountered. Illinois law takes these offenses particularly seriously, and reading the statute related to DUI charges can give the impression that many of the DUI penalties are automatic and are not subject to the discretion of the judge or the state's prosecutor.

However, a recent study by the Chicago Tribune highlighted the fact that this is not always the case. The study demonstrated how effective defense attorneys can help those facing DUI charges to avoid the mark on their record and the mandatory license loss, in some circumstances, by helping inject discretion and leniency back into a draconian system.

The Study's Results

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