What Happens When You Don’t Pay Traffic Fines?
What Happens When You Don’t Pay Traffic Fines?
the violation of a simple traffic ticket can turn into a major headache, eventually leading to the loss of license or arrest and imprisonment.

Receiving a traffic ticket can be annoying and even feel like a small event. It is not unusual for people to delay while issuing tickets or monitoring violations. Still, the worst thing an individual can do is disregard a traffic ticket and expect it to be canceled. But such an act can turn a simple traffic ticket into a major headache, eventually leading to the loss of license or arrest and imprisonment.

Traffic ticket selections

Traffic penalties in Illinois differ by the court. Traffic tickets must specify the exact amount of the ticket, how it should be paid or competed, time limits, fines, and whether you should appear in court or not.

When you get a traffic ticket, you have several options:

1) Pay the fine. 

In Illinois, paying the penalty is a confession.

This means, one is waiving his right to challenge his traffic ticket in the court of law, relying on one’s driving record, the Licensing Department may suspend his driving license, and also the car insurance rate may increase.

2) Request a mitigation argument. 

This is also considered a criminal investigation and may result in the following:

  • Penalty reduction
  • Monthly payment plan
  • Social service.


3) Request a competitive hearing. 

It is considered as ​​no guilty pleading. individuals have the option of hiring a lawyer or can represent themselves in the hearing for discussions on how to avoid or reduce their charges.

Illinois uses a point system, so if anyone is convicted of a traffic violation, he or she will receive points on their driving record depending on the violation. They may be able to enroll in a traffic safety school to decrease points or in some cases prevent violations from their driving records.

Ignorance of Tickets and Penalties

If anyone fails to pay the ticket or fails to present before the court on time, the ticket debt and fines increase and accumulate, and the court may report such individual to the Secretary of State. Such individuals may get a warrant for "failure to appear - traffic" or their driving license may be suspended. They may face higher fines, which will be sent to collections. If such individuals fail to pay, their vehicles may be lost.

If anyone has more than one unpaid ticket, they will be notified to either pay the ticket or compete. If this has not been done on time, the fine can be doubled, sent to collections, or put the car on the immovable list with a wheel clamp known as a "Denver boot". If the car is booted, the fine has to be paid within 24 hours along with the booting fees.

If the fine is not paid on time, the vehicle will be towed and you will receive an extra towing fee and storage fee to retrieve it. If an individual collects ten unpaid parking tickets or five unpaid traffic camera tickets, his or her license may be suspended and they may be barred from accessing contracts, licenses, and grants for low-income homeowners.

If the license is suspended, it will be temporary until the payment of fine and has to wait a certain period. Once the license got canceled you will indefinitely lose your driving privileges, and you can reapply for a license only after at least one year later. If your license is revoked, it is usually due to a medical condition, such as your ineligibility, incorrect information, or failure to meet the revision requirement.

Some examples include traffic violations that result in suspension, recall, or cancellation includes:

  • Failure to comply with an emergency vehicle or an ambulance
  • Level crossing signal fails to comply
  • Causes hazards in the construction sector
  • Dangerous driving
  • Drag races or street races
  • More serious DUI or DUI
  • Refuse or fail to test for drugs or alcohol.