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IL defense lawyerIf you have received a traffic ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign or speeding, you may think it is easiest to simply check the ‘guilty’ box on the back of the ticket and pay the fine. However, even if the traffic violation will not result in a conviction on your driving record, you should not immediately concede that you are guilty. There are many ways a DuPage County criminal defense lawyer can help you fight the traffic ticket, and you will realize many benefits when working with one.

Avoid High Fines and Possible Jail Time

While a traffic violation may seem like a minor offense, there are times when one could result in very high fines and possibly even jail time. For example, if you are charged with driving 26 to 34 miles per hour over the speed limit, you will face a Class B misdemeanor charge. This type of offense is punishable by a maximum of 180 days in jail and a fine up to $1,500. If you are accused of speeding more than 35 miles per hour over the speed limit, the charge is upgraded to a Class A misdemeanor. This offense is much more serious and carries a sentence of up to one year in jail and a fine of $2,500.

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School Zone Speed Limit Reminder

School is back in session! As a result, we wanted to remind you once again to watch out for those special school zone speed limits because a ticket for speeding in a school zone carries with it severe consequences.

So long as you have been properly notified by a sign or flashing signal, the speed limit in a school zone on school days is 20 miles per hour. Pay attention to the notification posted because the conditions under which the speed limit changes varies among cities, towns and villages. In some instances, the speed limit only drops to 20 mph if children are present during school hours. However, in some school zones, the speed limit is 20 mph on school days regardless of whether children are present, during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. In some areas, the school zone speed limit only applies if a flashing light is activated. When in doubt, it is better to reduce your speed near a school to avoid being pulled over and ticketed. Police officers, prosecutors and judges take these tickets very seriously due to the risk of harm to young children. That is why you cannot receive court supervision even for a first time offense, which means unless you beat the ticket altogether, a conviction will go on your record.

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Speeding in a Construction Zone Warning from DuPage County Traffic Attorneys

Speeding in a construction zone is an unsightly blemish on your driving record that you should try to avoid at all costs, whether by avoiding the ticket altogether or fighting it in court. Even though it is a petty offense that you may walk away from with only a high fine, it is taken very seriously by judges and prosecutors due to increased concerns for the safety of workers.

Be aware when entering a construction zone that the speed limit is almost always reduced. Signs must be posted warning drivers that they are about to enter a construction zone and advising them of the maximum speed allowed within that particular construction zone. Most people don't realize that the reduced speed limit applies whether workers are present or not. Avoid the common misconception that if you don't see any workers, you can avoid the special speed limit. That is not the case!

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Student Discounts Offered for DuPage and Will County Traffic Tickets

As proud sponsors of the North Central College athletic program, Aldrich & Siedlarz Law, P.C. is pleased to offer student discounts for North Central College students who need legal representation for local traffic tickets in DuPage County and Will County. Not all traffic citations require legal representation. However, some traffic offenses necessitate representation by an experienced traffic and criminal defense attorney, like North Central alumna Jacqueline Aldrich. Moreover, some drivers require attorney representation as a result of their traffic history in order to avoid a suspension of their driving privileges

Most moving violations, that are not considered criminal misdemeanors, do not require court appearances. There are exceptions to this generalization, however, including but not limited to tickets resulting from traffic accidents and no insurance tickets. If your traffic citation indicates that a court appearance is not required, you have the choice of resolving the ticket by mail or demanding a court appearance. However, it is important to contact an attorney prior to making this determination. If you mail in your ticket and pay the fine, you are pleading guilty to the offense. If you do so and are not eligible for court supervision, you will receive an automatic conviction that will be reported to the Secretary of State. Your only recourse at that point would be to file a Motion to Vacate, which increases the cost of litigation. Additionally, if you are under 21 years of age and this is your second conviction in a 24 month period, or if you are 21 or over and this is your third conviction in 12 months, your license will be suspended for a minimum of 3 months. 

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When you are pulled over for a traffic violation, it is important to resist the urge to apologize to the officer. Many drivers in this situation are nervous and hopeful they may be able to avoid a ticket altogether. While courtesy towards the officer is more than ok and may help you avoid the ticket, apologizing for the alleged traffic violation will be detrimental in court and can lead to even worse consequences if an accident occurred. An apology is considered an admission of guilt which can and will be used against you in court should you decide to challenge the ticket. Similarly, and perhaps and most importantly, apologizing after a car accident can be used against you as an admission of liability, not only in traffic court, but also should a personal injury action follow.

If you were involved in a car accident or have received an Illinois traffic ticket for some other violation, contact our attorneys today for a free consultation. We are experienced in both litigating and negotiating favorable dispositions in traffic court in DuPage County, Will County, Cook County, Kendall County, and Kane County.

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