Will Wisconsin speeding ticket points or traffic convictions transfer, carry over or be reported to my Illinois Driver’s License?

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Will the Illinois Secretary of State find out about my Wisconsin Speeding Ticket or other Traffic Offense?

When Illinois drivers get speeding or traffic tickets in Wisconsin there are often many questions that arise without definitive answers. Often well meaning police officers issuing the tickets in Wisconsin may erroneously minimize the effect of the Wisconsin points system to an Illinois driver causing a Illinois driver to simply pay a Wisconsin speeding or other traffic ticket in the mail only to find out later that although Wisconsin points did not carry over to their Illinois license, but an out of state conviction did. All Wisconsin citations indicate a description of the offense and the assigned points. For the Illinois driver the number of points designated for a given offense is not relevant as the points do not transfer over to the Illinois Secretary of State as points per se, but there are still more serious consequences for the Illinois driver in the form of a report of conviction to the Illinois Secretary of State. Courts in the State of Wisconsin report speeding and other traffic convictions to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as well as the National Registry. Those convictions are then reported to the corresponding Illinois driver’s license with the Illinois Secretary of State. The convictions can result in suspension of driving privileges and increased insurance premiums as they appear on the Illinois driving records reviewed by insurance companies.

How the Richard Albanese Law Office can help protect your Illinois driving record from Wisconsin Speeding or Traffic Convictions:

Although Court Supervision is not an option in Wisconsin there is still hope for relief for Illinois Drivers. Generally speaking, with proper representation many Wisconsin State and Municipal prosecutors may be willing to amend a speeding charge to a non moving violation when appropriate. The end result is that an Illinois Driver can pay a modified ticket in Wisconsin that will have no impact on their Illinois License. Once you have retained Richard Albanese you will most often not have to appear in court to contest your ticket, which saves not only a long trip back to Wisconsin from Illinois, but also saves time and the expense of having to take a day off work to appear on a citation. Every Wisconsin jurisdiction is different in how they handle traffic and speeding offenses. Please contact the Richard Albanese Law Office today at 312-882-1973 or at http://www.criminalandtrafficdefenseattorney.com or at RichardAlbaneseLawOffice@gmail.com for a free consultation on your speeding ticket in Kenosha, Racine, Dane County, Lake Geneva, and any other city, town or village in the State of Wisconsin.

The most common offense an Illinois driver is cited for in Wisconsin is speeding.  A chart of speeding and other traffic related offenses can be found below:

List of frequently assessed point violations

Points Regular convictions
6 Attempting to elude an officer
6 Failure to perform duty after accident
3 Operating while revoked or suspended
6 Operating under the influence of intoxicant or drugs
6 Reckless driving or racing
6 Speeding 20 mph or more over limit
6 Violation of occupational license
4 Deviating from traffic lane
4 Driving on wrong side of highway or street
4 Failure to yield right of way
4 Failure to yield to emergency vehicle
4 Imprudent driving, too fast for conditions, failure to have vehicle under control
4 Inattentive driving
4 Failure by operator to stop for school bus when red lights are flashing
4 Speeding 11 through 19 mph over limit
4 Unnecessary acceleration
3 Arterial or traffic control violation
3 Driving wrong way on one way street
3 Failure to dim lights
3 Failure to give proper signal
3 Following too closely
3 Illegal passing
3 Improper brakes or lights
3 Operating with expired license or without any license
3 Operating with multiple licenses
3 Prohibited or illegal turn
3 Speeding 1 through 10 mph over limit
3 Violation of restriction
2 Obstructing traffic
2 Parking on highway in traffic lane, defective speedometer
0 License not in person’s immediate possession
0 No registration plate light

I’m an Illinois Driver with a Speeding Ticket in Wisconsin, what are the consequences? An Illinois and Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney outlines the advantages of hiring a lawyer to represent you on a speeding ticket in Dane County, Madison, Kenosha, Racine, Lake Geneva and other cities in Wisconsin

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It is unfortunate that many drivers in Illinois choose the quick and easy way out when it comes to speeding tickets they received in Wisconsin. The costs of an out of state conviction can multiply fast down the road. The consequences include potential suspension of driving privileges in Illinois, increased insurance premiums and further expenses involving the reinstatement of an Illinois driver’s license. Often times people have received bad advice or simply don’t know the law in Illinois regarding out of state convictions. Let’s explore the issues and consequences further.

THREE STRIKES AND YOUR OUT!

In Illinois, if a driver receives three convictions for any moving violations in a twelve month period, their license will be suspended in Illinois. Illinois law provides that a driver is eligible for court supervision twice within a twelve month period as well. Court supervision does not count as a conviction and will not cause a suspension of driving privileges. In essence you can get two supervisions and still have convictions to spare if the tickets are far enough apart and the prosecutors and judges are willing to grant the two supervisions without imposing a conviction. The imposition of court supervision also serves to reduce the risk of increased insurance premiums as these citations are not generally reported to insurance companies. Illinois traffic laws allow for momentary lapses in judgment with regard to speeding but for Illinois drivers who get ticketed in Wisconsin, the law may not be so forgiving.

NO SUPERVISION IN WISCONSIN!

Unlike the Illinois system, Wisconsin law does not recognize the concept of court supervision and thus EVERY disposition of a speeding ticket is a conviction when a guilty or no contest plea is entered. The imposition of a conviction against someones driving record most commonly occurs when an Illinois driver gets a Wisconsin speeding ticket and then just sends in payment. Once the ticket is paid the conviction is entered and then reported to Illinois where it becomes part of the driver’s record with the Secretary of State, unlike a Supervision disposition. Insurance companies will also be made aware of the conviction and increased premiums could result that stay in place for years, penalizing an Illinois Driver with added expense for years to come that all could have been avoided.

HOW THE RICHARD ALBANESE LAW OFFICE PROTECTS ILLINOIS DRIVERS

Although Court Supervision is not an option in Wisconsin there is still hope for complete relief for Illinois Drivers. Generally speaking, with proper representation most Wisconsin State and Municipal prosecutors are willing to reduce a speeding charge to a non moving violation when appropriate. The end result is that an Illinois Driver can pay a modified ticket in Wisconsin that will have no impact on their Illinois License. Once you have retained Richard Albanese you will not have to appear in court to contest your ticket, which saves not only a long trip back to Wisconsin from Illinois, but also saves time and the expense of having to take a day off work to appear on a citation. Please feel free to contact the Richard Albanese Law Office today at 312-882-1973 or at http://www.criminalandtrafficdefenseattorney.com or at RichardAlbaneseLawOffice@gmail.com for a free consultation on your speeding ticket in Kenosha, Racine, Dane County, Lake Geneva, and any other city in Wisconsin.