Speeding Tickets and Other Traffic Violations
If you are charged with speeding or another traffic offense in Illinois, you may have two problems: one with the criminal court system and another with the Illinois Secretary of State. You must contact an experienced traffic law attorney if you get a traffic ticket that requires a court appearance.
The fines are significant, and potential detrimental effects on your work life are potentially devastating. If you have a Commercial Driver’s License (“CDL”) in the State of Illinois or elsewhere, the impact of a traffic offense conviction could be even more devastating. If your work life is on the line, you must contact an attorney who will fight to keep your license.
HIRSCH LAW GROUP defends all traffic offenses, but primarily, we defend clients charged with the crime of “Aggravated Speeding” in Illinois. Speeding more than 26 mph but less than 34 mph over the limit is a criminal offense and is charged as a Class “B” Misdemeanor. This offense is punishable by up to six (6) months in jail, $1,500 fine plus mandatory court costs.
Speeding more than 34 mph over the limit is a criminal offense and is charged as a Class “A” Misdemeanor. This offense is punishable by up to a year in jail, a $1,500 fine, plus mandatory court costs. Other crimes charged as misdemeanors include battery, domestic violence, and driving under the influence.
If you are charged with aggravated speeding in Illinois, you need a criminal attorney, not an ordinary lawyer. Our attorneys are experienced in handling traffic offenses and will fight to defend your rights and minimize the potential consequences.
Defending Against Traffic Offenses
Traffic offenses in Illinois can carry severe penalties, and it is essential to have a solid defense strategy in place. Feeling overwhelmed and unsure of the next steps is common when charged with a traffic violation. Here are some common defense strategies that can be employed when facing traffic offenses.
The Accuracy of Speed Detection Equipment
Questioning the accuracy of the speed detection equipment used by law enforcement is a common defense tactic in cases of speeding tickets. This can involve questioning whether the device was calibrated correctly or used in an area with conditions that could affect its accuracy.
The Validity of the Traffic Stop
In some cases, it may be possible to argue that the traffic stop was invalid. This can involve showing that the officer did not have a reasonable cause to make the traffic stop, thus making any evidence obtained during the stop inadmissible in court.
Mistake of Fact
Under certain circumstances, defendants may argue that they made an honest and reasonable mistake that led to their traffic violation. This is known as the “mistake of fact” defense and could be used, for example, when road signs are not clearly visible.
The necessity defense argues that a traffic violation was committed out of an urgent need to avoid greater harm. For example, if a driver was speeding because they were rushing someone to the hospital, they might be able to use the necessity defense. This defense is not commonly used in traffic offenses but may apply in some cases.
Seeking Expert Legal Help
Facing traffic offenses in Illinois can be a daunting and overwhelming experience, especially if your driving privileges or livelihood are at stake. That’s why it is essential to seek expert legal help immediately. Our experienced attorneys at HIRSCH LAW GROUP are well-equipped to defend your rights and resolve your driving-related disputes.
Even if you have a suspended or revoked license, we can help you navigate the legal process and work towards having your driving privileges reinstated. We understand the importance of a clean driving record and will do everything possible to achieve your best outcome.
So, if a police officer pulls you over or arrests you for a traffic offense in Illinois, remember your rights and seek the help of an experienced attorney before answering any questions or making any statements.
Call Gordon H. Hirsch at (815) 853-2341 for expert legal representation, and let us fight for your rights. Do not hesitate to reach out for assistance, as it could make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.