As a motorist in Cook County, Illinois, there are traffic rules and laws that you must observe while on the road. Failing to comply with any of those rules amounts to a traffic violation, which attracts many consequences.
A traffic violation could cause the issuance of a traffic ticket against you. In some circumstances, traffic violations could also lead to criminal charges. In such cases, you’ll need to defend yourself in court and do all you can to avoid a conviction. Otherwise, you risk going to prison, paying a hefty fine, or losing your driving privileges, among other penalties.
In both scenarios, the wrong approach to the allegation against you could lead to serious long-term consequences. Understanding the traffic laws applicable to your case and the intricacies of the criminal justice system is essential to help you defend yourself and make informed decisions about your case. You’ll likely need a traffic defense lawyer who understands these laws to guide and defend you, especially if the accusation against you was made unreasonably or without sufficient basis.
Our Cook County Traffic Lawyers at Hirsch Law Group have an in-depth knowledge of Illinois traffic laws and regulations. They can represent you throughout your case, offer solid legal advice to help you understand your legal rights and options, and put up a good fight where necessary.
Read on as we explain how traffic violations in Cook County, Illinois, work and specific ways we can help with your traffic violation case.
Traffic violations may be classified into moving and non-moving violations. A moving violation is committed while the vehicle is in motion, while non-moving violations are those committed while stationary.
Examples of Moving Violations
Common examples of moving violations include :
Failing to stop at a red light
Failing to use signals
Driving through a stop sign
Driving too close to other vehicles
Making an illegal U-turn
Reckless driving resulting in physical injuries or homicide
Driving under the influence (of alcohol or drugs) or DUI
Hit-and-run or leaving the accident scene after an accident.
Moving violations are typically more dangerous than non-moving violations because they are more likely to lead to serious injuries or death. As such, they lead to very serious penalties for those found guilty.
For minor moving violations such as incurring a speeding ticket, you may be required to pay a fine or attend traffic school. However, you do not have to pay the ticket if you are not guilty.
If you believe the traffic ticket you’ve received was issued in error, you can contest the ticket and defend yourself in traffic court. A traffic defense attorney can help you determine whether that approach would offer you the most benefit in the long term and help you navigate the traffic court process without stress.
Major moving violations like reckless driving, DUI, and hit-and-run can give rise to criminal charges. If convicted of such charges you could be imprisoned or made to pay a fine.
A criminal conviction will also lead to penalty points for your driving record. If you have too many penalty points, your driver’s license could get suspended, which means you’ll be unable to drive within Cook County or the entire state until the suspension is lifted, in addition to any other criminal penalty the judge may impose.
You may also see an increase in auto insurance premiums following a traffic violation conviction.
Any traffic violation that occurs when the vehicle is not being driven is a non-moving violation. The most common example of non-moving violations is parking violations, which involve illegal parking.
Non-moving violations typically attract a traffic ticket, which would require you to pay a fine.There may be repercussions if you fail to pay the fine on time. Ignoring a traffic ticket is, therefore, not the best idea.
If you believe you do not deserve the ticket, you can speak with a Cook County traffic ticket lawyer, who can help you make your case in traffic court. If your traffic court case succeeds, you will be free from the fine imposed by the ticket.
At the Hirsch Law Group, we take all traffic violation cases seriously since they can have long-term effects on a person’s life, freedom, and ability to drive in the state. That’s why we are committed to helping those caught by traffic tickets or charges navigate the system to ensure they emerge with little or no liability.
We can help anyone dealing with a traffic violation or criminal charges in several ways, including the following:
If you dispute a traffic ticket you’ve received, we can advise you on the appropriate steps to take depending on your circumstances and represent you in traffic court if that is what your case requires.
Allegations of serious traffic violations may lead to arrests and detention. During that time, the police may interrogate you to get evidence that could incriminate you. Our skilled defense lawyers, cB, represent you in such cases and guide you so you do not say or do anything that could be used against you in court.
If you’ve been charged with a traffic offense and are standing trial, we can assess your case and help you formulate a suitable defense strategy, which could involve finding weaknesses in the prosecution’s case or negotiating a plea bargain.
Our goal is to find the best approach that would help get the charges against you dismissed or reduced or get you a reduced sentence, depending on the circumstances.
Many people underestimate the seriousness of receiving traffic offenses and citations. However, this approach is likely to land them in trouble because it means that they may have failed to take the necessary steps that could have helped them disprove the allegations against them and avoid legal liability.
But that doesn’t have to be you. You do not have to sit and wait for the consequences of a traffic violation to affect you. You can fight your ticket and your charges, and there’s a good chance of you coming out on top if you seek help from an experienced traffic lawyer.
Our traffic violation lawyers at Hirsch Law Group can fight for you even in the face of overwhelming evidence and work to ensure that your case progresses toward a positive outcome
So, if you have more questions about your traffic violation case, contact us to learn more about your options. Let us help you fight for your freedom and the security of your driving privileges.