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The Illinois vehicle code prohibits the operation of a commercial motor vehicle without a CDL under section 625 ILCS 5/6-507. The statute says that no person shall drive a commercial motor vehicle on the highways without a CDL in the driver’s possession, or having obtained a CDL, or the proper class of CDL or endorsements for both the specific vehicle being operated or for the passengers or type of cargo being transported. Section 5/6-507(a)(1)-(3).
State law provides that a violation of this statute is a Class A misdemeanor offense for which the maximum penalty can be this up to one year in jail and a fine of $2500.While jail time may be imposed, it is not mandatory that they do so, and I think it is far more likely that you would get a fine. However, you would also have a misdemeanor conviction on your record, which can show up on background checks for things like housing and employment, which obviously can hurt you.
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I-Bonds” are “Personal recognizance bonds” which mean you pay nothing, but the Sheriff can collect the full bail if you don’t come to court after they arrest you for not showing up and the judge orders that you forfeit the bail.
So, it costs you nothing to get out of jail, but if you were to fail to show up to court, you would end up owing whatever amount of bail was assigned as a penalty, to put it another way.
Well, not really their mood. Some judges may be more strict than others, but judges look at a number of factors, such as what your prior record is like, if any, and whether you took responsibility for what happened. Someone with no record will obviously look better to a judge than a person who has a long criminal history. I think the fact that the court was giving you the opportunity to give you a CDL shows that they don't want to throw the book at you, so to speak.
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