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Driving While in Zoom Court is Always a Bad Idea

Posted by Steven H. Fagan | May 30, 2024 | 0 Comments

Driving while attending Zoom court is always a bad idea, of course, but there is a way to take it to the next level.

Driving While License Suspended In Zoom Court

A Michigan man attending traffic court for driving while license suspended (in Illinois driving while suspended or revoked is a misdemeanor which can also sometimes be charged as a felony) took a tough situation and may have made things exponentially worse for himself. He took advantage of the opportunity to appear for his court date via Zoom, an option that can definitely be helpful for someone with transportation issues, but made a mistake. He was driving, and it was obvious. 

driving while suspended in Zoom court

What's wrong with driving while attending Zoom court? Generally, it's not an activity one might engage in while in Court, and when attending Court remotely, it's generally a good practice to behave just as you would when physically present. No sleeping, no eating, no smoking, no showering or engaging in intimate relations (these have all happened). Just like in real Court. Also, no driving. Any of these can form a basis for the Judge to conclude that the defendant may have contempt for the Court and this is very much to be avoided.

What about driving while your license is actually suspended? The problem becomes even more serious, as the person driving at that moment is committing a crime, and thus likely violating their bond or terms of pre-trial release (the new name for what we used to call bond in Illinois law). Of course the prosecution still needs to prove the driver's license was suspended at the time of driving, but this gentleman made their lives a whole lot easier by providing video and audio evidence against himself on the official record and in front of the Judge.

Instead of taking the chance for a very costly mistake when it comes to Driving While Suspended or Revoked in Illinois, always make sure you have experienced and skilled representation for any court appearance so that you can avoid this kind of error. Call on the Illinois lawyers at Fagan, Fagan & Davis now at (847) 635-8200 for help

About the Author

Steven H. Fagan

Steve Fagan earned his law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law, is a member of the NCDD, NACDL, ISBA and a founding member of the DUIDLA. He is published and has taught CLE for lawyers on subjects such as sex offenses, DUI and criminal defense, focuses on trial work and Real Estate closings


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