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(625 ILCS 5/6-601)
(from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 6-601)
(a) It is a petty offense for any person to violate any of the
provisions of this Chapter unless such violation is by this Code or other
law of this State declared to be a misdemeanor or a felony.
(b) General penalties. Unless another penalty is in this Code
or other laws of this State, every person convicted of a petty
offense for the violation of any provision of this Chapter shall be
punished by a fine of not more than $500.
(c) Unlicensed driving. Except as hereinafter provided a violation
of Section 6-101 shall be:
1. A Class A misdemeanor if the person failed to
obtain a driver's license or permit after expiration of a period of revocation.
2. A Class B misdemeanor if the person has been
issued a driver's license or permit, which has expired, and if the period of expiration is greater than one year; or if the person has never been issued a driver's license or permit, or is not qualified to obtain a driver's license or permit because of his age.
3. A petty offense if the person has been issued a
temporary visitor's driver's license or permit and is unable to provide proof of liability insurance as provided in subsection (d-5) of Section 6-105.1.
If a licensee under this Code is convicted of violating Section 6-303 for
operating a motor vehicle during a time when such licensee's driver's license
was suspended under the provisions of Section 6-306.3 or 6-308, then such act shall be
a petty offense (provided the licensee has answered the charge which was the
basis of the suspension under Section 6-306.3 or 6-308), and there shall be imposed no
additional like period of suspension as provided in paragraph (b) of Section
(d) For violations of this Code or a similar provision of a local ordinance for which a violation is a petty offense as defined by Section 5-1-17 of the Unified Code of Corrections, excluding business offenses as defined by Section 5-1-2 of the Unified Code of Corrections or a violation of Section 15-111 or subsection (d) of Section 3-401 of this Code, if the violation may be satisfied without a court appearance, the violator may, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule, satisfy the case with a written plea of guilty and payment of fines, penalties, and costs equal to the bail amount established by the Supreme Court for the offense.
(Source: P.A. 97-1157, eff. 11-28-13; 98-870, eff. 1-1-15; 98-1134, eff. 1-1-15.)