Penalties for Paying Your Illinois Traffic Ticket Late

Starting July 1, 2021, in Illinois, licenses will no longer be suspended or revoked when a driver fails to pay traffic tickets or fines. Unfortunately, that does not mean you can ignore your tickets and hope they go away; there are still significant penalties in Illinois for failing to pay your traffic ticket in a…

Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License in Illinois

The Attorneys at Finegan Rinker & Ghrist have defended hundreds of Driving on Suspended and Driving on Revoked cases throughout Central Illinois and would be happy to discuss your case with you for free. Potential Penalties The potential consequences for driving on a suspended or revoked license in Illinois depend on a variety of factors.…

Illinois Expungements and Sealing

llinois Expungements and Sealing How do I clear up my criminal record?  This is a common question that clients ask before, during, and especially after being charged with a criminal offense.  The attorneys at Finegan Rinker & Ghrist know how important it is to you to clear your good name and avoid potential employers from disqualifying you…

New Methods to Detect Marijuana-Impaired DUIs

There is a growing national trend to legalize medical and recreational use of marijuana. Currently thirty-four states allow for medical marijuana and cannabis programs, while ten states permit recreational marijuana use. Illinois joined the trend when it passed the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act in 2013, making medical marijuana use legal for…

Traffic Violations that Can Threaten Your CDL

If you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL), it is important to be familiar with Illinois laws concerning your CDL privileges. Illinois law imposes more severe penalties for driving violations on CDL holders than regular driver’s license holders, and your CDL can be disqualified for a variety of traffic violations.              Under the Illinois Vehicle Code,…

Misdemeanor Speeding Tickets in Illinois

Misdemeanor Speeding in the State of Illinois A traffic citation that all drivers know about is speeding.  However, what most drivers don’t know is that in the state of Illinois speeding can be either a petty or a misdemeanor offense.  While a petty offense may not require a court appearance, a misdemeanor offense does. In Illinois the…

Social Security Exempt in Bankruptcy

Many people looking at filing bankruptcy often have social security as a source of income and are scared to lose it.  While creditors like to scare people into thinking they will lose all their money if they don’t pay back a debt, social security is in fact exempt from almost all creditors, with the federal government…

The Expensive American Health Care System

Expensive health care costs are well known by any American who has had a doctor’s appointment or visited a hospital for services.  But why are the services rendered at a doctor’s office or hospital so expensive?  How much markup do doctors and hospitals place on health care products and pharmaceutical drugs?  And why do Americans…

What to Do if You Are in an Auto Accident

While traffic accidents are not what people dream of getting into, unfortunately they still occur.  Because accidents happen to drivers of all ages and experience levels, it is important for all motor vehicle operators to know what to do in case they are involved in an accident.  Below are some steps a driver should take…