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IL defense lawyerThroughout the state of Illinois, hundreds of law enforcement officials statewide are tasked with keeping our roads safe. With that in mind, police personnel are constantly on the lookout for drivers that are failing to adhere to state traffic laws. While some traffic violations will only result in minimal fines and points against your driving record, others can lead to serious legal consequences. Below we will examine some of the more serious traffic violations in Illinois, and why you should seek legal counsel if you have been charged with a violation.

  • Aggravated Speeding: Due to the dangerous nature of traveling at speeds over the legal speed limit, speeding can come with serious consequences. In Illinois, a person can be charged with aggravated speeding if they are clocked driving 26 miles per hour or more over the speed limit. Unlike many traffic violations, an aggravated speeding charge constitutes a Class B misdemeanor and can lead to up to 6 months in jail. Fortunately, there are a number of defense strategies a skilled attorney can utilize in an aggravated speeding case.
  • Reckless Driving: According to Illinois state law, reckless driving is defined as the willful disregard for the safety of one’s self and others while operating a motor vehicle. The most common examples of reckless driving include driving 35 miles per hour or more over the speed limit and swerving between lanes of traffic recklessly and without signaling. If convicted, a person will face Class A misdemeanor charges. It should also be noted that if a person’s reckless driving results in severe bodily harm to another party, the charges will likely be elevated to a felony.
  • Driving Under the Influence: Every single year, thousands of Illinoisans are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Much like reckless driving, a DUI constitutes a Class A misdemeanor and can be elevated to a felony if aggravating factors are present. While many people assume that a DUI charge will automatically result in a conviction, there are a number of ways in which an experienced attorney can fight against a conviction. Whether a law enforcement officer pulled you over without probable cause, forced you to submit to chemical testing, or violated your rights throughout the arrest process, you need to work with a knowledgeable legal professional when facing DUI charges.

Contact a Lombard Traffic Violation Attorney

As mentioned above, many traffic violations can result in serious ramifications. A misdemeanor conviction can lead to difficulty in securing employment, housing, or loan opportunities. At Aldrich & Siedlarz Law, P.C., our team is dedicated to helping our clients fight against traffic violation charges. To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Will County criminal defense attorney, call us today at 630-953-3000.

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Lombard speeding ticket lawyerSpeed limits are designed to keep drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, and other road users safe. Unfortunately, neither safety nor consequence may deter some drivers from speeding. For some, the risks are not relevant. For others, the means justifies the decision. In all cases, there are costs and consequences. This remains true, even if the driver is never caught driving over the speed limit. Yet those who do get caught are often the ones who stand to lose the most. The following explains.

General and Daily Consequences of Speeding

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Illinois Case Law Update: Aggravated Speeding

Illinois Supreme Court rejects challenge to mandatory convictions for aggravated speeding in People v. Rizzo.

A Cook County judge ruled that a motorist's inability to receive court supervision for aggravated speeding (driving 26 mph or more over the speed limit) was too harsh when compared to other class A misdemeanors. Driving 26-34 mph over the speed limit is a class B misdemeanor, while driving 35 mph over the speed limit is a class A misdemeanor. The Cook County decision reasoned that the penalty for aggravated speeding was "cruel and degrading" when compared to other class A misdemeanors that allow for a court to grant supervision, such as Driving While License Revoked, Driving While License Suspended, and DUI, even when involving bodily harm or death. Nonetheless, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned the Cook County decision ruling that a driver's inability to receive court supervision for aggravated speeding does not violate the proportionate penalties clause of the Illinois Constitution. The "collateral consequences of conviction...do not qualify as part of the 'penalty' for purposes of proportionate penalty analysis." 

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