This guide is for Illinois CDL drivers who have been ticketed or involved in a car accident and want to avoid a license suspension. The strategies apply even if you’ve received a ticket for “serious traffic violations” or “major offenses”. My name is Chris M. Shepherd, the information in this article comes from my experience as a traffic court lawyer assisting CDL drivers in Chicago and Cook County, although the information generally applies throughout Illinois.
You know the stakes: whether you’re a CDL driver who works for someone else, or you’ve worked your way up to an owner-operator, your livelihood depends on keeping your license clear. The harsh reality in Illinois is that pleading guilty to any number of traffic violations can result in your CDL being suspended by the Illinois Secretary of State.
So, don’t blindly check the box marked “plead guilty” on the back of the ticket, or show up to court and plead guilty orally, until you at least read this article and have a conversation about your options.
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