Illinois Traffic Law
Statistics show that almost all Americans have been or will be stopped at least once in their lives for a traffic violation. The fact that they are common, however, does not mean that these matters should be regarded casually.
Traffic law violations are divided into three categories-felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions (petty offenses) or violations-with the lesser offenses handled in a more informal manner. Even these lower-level offenses, however, should not be viewed lightly, as they can result in missed work, significant fines, loss of driving privileges and increased insurance rates. Almost every traffic violation becomes a misdemeanor or felony if it involves injury to a person or destruction of property. Conviction of these offenses can result in significant jail or prison time, especially for repeat offenders.
In accordance with Illinois law, if you are convicted of a speeding ticket in which you were travelling 26-34 miles-per-hour above the posted limit, you are guilty of a Class-B misdemeanor. This is a criminal offense, subject to a fine of up to $1,500 and up to six (6) months in the county jail.
If you are convicted of driving 35 miles-per-hour or more beyond the posted limit, you are guilty of having committed a Class-A misdemeanor, which is one step below a felony. The possible penalties include a fine of as much as $2,500 and up to 364 days in the county jail.
Because of the consequences involved in conviction for traffic offenses, it is important that you receive the advice of a qualified, experienced Illinois traffic law attorney. At Harvatin Law Offices, located in Springfield, Illinois, we will explain the procedures and possible penalties that you face, and work with you to ensure the best possible outcome. We have significant experience in representing clients in all matters under the Illinois Vehicle Code, which governs traffic laws in the State of Illinois. Cases that we have successfully handled include driving on a revoked or suspended license, fake ID/false ID, zero tolerance (ZT) license fraud, fraudulent use of a license, speeding tickets, following too closely, failure to stop, failure to signal and violations of the safety belt law. In addition, we represent clients subject to failure to appear violations and DUI penalties. Where traffic violations have resulted in driver's license suspensions or revocations, our representation of clients in in-state and out-of-state driver's license reinstatement before the Illinois Secretary of State has earned us the reputation as leaders in this area of the law.
Because you have been charged with a traffic offense does not mean that you are necessarily guilty or will automatically be convicted. Evidence against you can in many instances be effectively challenged and defeated. Advocacy and negotiation by a skilled lawyer can result in reduction or dismissal of some or all of the charges. At Harvatin Law Offices, we will treat your traffic case with the seriousness that it deserves. We have extensive knowledge and experience in the traffic laws of Illinois. Our firm has represented hundreds of clients charged with traffic violations to protect their rights and minimize their exposure under the law.
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If you have been charged with a traffic violation, you require the assistance of an attorney well versed in Illinois traffic law. At Harvatin Law Offices, we take pride in having helped hundreds of clients just like you. Contact us today and let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you.