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If a Illinois resident gets a speeding ticket in Georgia what are the consequences?
August 26, 2007 10:48AM
You get screwed. I am dealing with a similar situation right now. I'm an Illinois resident and I just received 3 moving violations during one stop in Georgia. Normally you could just get court supervision, move on and drive cautiously for a few months, and then be off. No records of your ticket, no increases for car insurance... but then you realize you’re not in Illinois. Your in Georgia, they don't have court supervision in Georgia; all they have is a "nolo" plea. Which basically admits guilt but doesn't put the points on your license... NO HELP for an Illinois driver and here's why: For GA driver's a NOLO plea is great, you don't get any points added onto your license, but in pleadings that you are not contesting your charges. Other states, IL included, take that as a guilty plea when it sent back from GA. Unless you can get the tickets dropped, they report back to Illinois as if you would have just mailed in the money for the ticket. GUILTY. It goes on your driving record, and your public record, the ones the insurance companies can see. When you renew your insurance they will find out about it, and it counts towards your 1 of 3 convictions before IL suspends your license. In my case... I will be shortly losing my license, despite my perfectly clean driving record. Warning to Illinois Drivers: Be careful when driving out of state. The overwhelming majority of officers who make the effort to pull someone over, will write a ticket. And typically they aren't that nice to out-of-staters. Unless you have a sob story that shows how a person who had never received a ticket in their life is now facing a worse situation sho has countless tickets in their home state. If you have multiple charges, you can count on losing your license. Not because you are a bad driver, but you encountered the wrong state, or a mean officer who wanted to throw the book at you, but because you had the wrong license in that state. **Note: I have heard you can try to claim residency in the state where you got your ticket and try to get a license there. However I believe all this does is delay the inevitable as well waste your time and money by having to go to the DMV to get your new license. There are always errors with anything, and there is maybe a slim chance that you might fall though the cracks…. Don’t count on it. The state traffic violation communication systems is 99.9% effective.