Q: How long does it take for my license to get suspended after getting three tickets?
Last summer I was in an accident where I got a ticket for “driving too fast for conditions.” In hindsight I should’ve fought it because I fell asleep at the wheel so my speed had nothing to do with it, but whatever. Since then, I’ve gotten two speeding tickets. I’m aware that three violations in a year should mean my license should get suspended, and based on the points I got for them I should get three months. However I know several people who have said they never got the letter for their suspension. I call the automated phone number and check my driving privileges every day and they’re still valid, but having my license or not is going to affect whether I re-sign my lease or if I move. If I paid the last ticket on April 3, approx. how long will it take for my suspension to start?
A: It depends on the disposition of each ticket, your age and the offense dates. If you want to pull your ‘court purposes driving record’ from the Secretary of State, I’ll read it for you at no charge. In the meantime, a good rule of thumb is to always try for court supervision to avoid convictions, because Illinois counts convictions towards suspensions and supervision is a non-conviction.
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