Traffic Offenses

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Penalties for traffic violations in the state of Illinois can be very severe, and recent changes in state law have enhanced them even further. If you or a loved one has been charged with a traffic offense and aren't sure where to turn, then we urge you to call us at Martin & Kent, L.L.C. You deserve to have your side of the story heard and your driving privileges and other rights protected in court.

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Penalties for Reckless Speeding

Speeding is one of the most common reasons you can get pulled over on the road. Many drivers don't know that, in extreme circumstances, it can be punishable as a crime. Illinois has outlined severe penalties for drivers traveling recklessly and endangering others on the road.

For example, driving 30 mph or more over the posted speed limit could result in:

  • Class B misdemeanor charges
  • Up to six months in jail
  • Up to $1,500 in fines
  • Suspension or revocation of your driver's license

Driving 40 mph or more over the set limit could lead to additional penalties:

  • Class A misdemeanor charge
  • Up to a year in jail
  • Up to $2,500 in fines
  • Suspension or revocation of your driver's license

When Traffic Accidents Are Considered Crimes

Most traffic accidents are minor incidents that citizens and their insurance companies sort out without much complication. In circumstances of negligence, traffic accidents can result in criminal charges. Even if law officers come to the scene of a minor accident to help the drivers and assess damage, they can arrest a driver if they have probable cause to believe the driver acted in an unlawful manner.

Elements that make traffic accidents open to criminal charges include:

  • Driving while intoxicated (DUI)
  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding 30mph (or more) over the speed limit
  • Leaving the scene of an accident (hit and run)
  • Vehicular manslaughter (when a driver has died)

Protecting Your Driving Privileges in Illinois

Even small traffic offenses can lead to serious repercussions. If the offense is your second within a period of 12 months, you could be subject to court supervision. If it is your third in that period of time, your license may be suspended or revoked. Drivers under the age of 21 must surrender their licenses for just two convictions in a 12-month period.

Traffic violations in Illinois include:

  • Improper use of the lane
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • Driving without insurance or proof of insurance
  • Speeding in a construction zone
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Failure to observe traffic signals
  • Speeding
  • Driving with expired registration

Don't wait! Call our firm for representation!

Always call a reliable lawyer before paying a fine for a traffic ticket. It never hurts to get legal advice, and you could save yourself from serious fines, as well as a mark on your record. If paying the fine is the right thing to do, we'll tell you.

Call Martin & Kent, L.L.C. today to learn more and receive a free evaluation!