Traffic violations, even minor ones, can cause problems; and major violations may not only bring fines and skyrocketing insurance rates, but lead to a suspended or revoked driver’s license and even put your career at stake. Fortunately, there are defenses for traffic violations, and most of the time having legal representation can make a significant difference in the results.
At the DuPage County law firm of Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., our Illinois traffic offense attorneys offer aggressive and effective defense for people charged with violations in Cook, DuPage, Will, Kane and Kendall counties, and in cities that include Aurora, Wheaton, Downers Grove and Bolingbrook. We also represent out-of-state drivers who have been issued citations for speeding and defend people charged with more serious traffic offenses, such as reckless driving or even vehicular manslaughter. We offer a free consultation to examine the issues in your case and determine what we can do to help fight for your rights and obtain the best outcome possible. Contact us for your free consultation today at 630-305-0222.
Our traffic defense lawyers can defend you in all Illinois traffic offense cases. As in our criminal defense practice, we investigate and defend the case thoroughly, whether you have been cited for a minor violation or serious traffic offense, including:
If you have received an Illinois traffic ticket, you have the right to take the issue to court and plead not guilty. The specific details of how to do so differ according to the county and will be written on your traffic ticket. You must always start by informing the court that you will contest your citation and do it in the period specified. If you miss the deadline, you could face higher fines and even lose your option to plead “not guilty.”
When you are issued a court date, you should hire a traffic ticket attorney, or you will have to represent yourself in court. If you plead not guilty, the court will schedule a date for your trial, usually at a future time.
At the trial, you or your attorney can argue the law, question the police, bring in witnesses, and present evidence. If you receive a not-guilty verdict, you will not get a violation, pay fines, get points on your license or have it suspended, or have your insurance rates increased.
If you miss your court date, you may face the above penalties and also have a warrant issued for your arrest.
Illinois speeding tickets require a response — either paying the fine or a court appearance. Payment of the fine is an admission of guilt and will be a speeding conviction on your driving record.
If a court appearance is required, the box next to “Court Appearance Required” will be checked. If a court appearance is not required but you wish to challenge the speeding charges, you must notify the clerk of the court within the time period indicated on the ticket or you will receive an automatic guilty verdict, fine, late fees, and likely have your license suspended.
If you decide to fight your Illinois speeding ticket, you should be represented by an attorney. The experienced Illinois traffic attorneys at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., will look for areas where we can challenge the validity of the ticket
The law regarding speeding convictions in Illinois changed in 2014 to make going 26 mph over the speed limit a class B Misdemeanor and 36 mph over the speed limit a class A Misdemeanor. Also, there now can be no sentence of court supervision on speeding tickets for going more than 25 mph over the limit.
For out-of-state speeding violations, Illinois has an agreement with 45 other states to exchange information concerning traffic violations; so if you receive an out-of-state ticket, the information will be reported back to Illinois. Also, Illinois drivers who are convicted of out-of-state speeding will have points added to their license according to the Illinois Point Schedule.
If you have been involved in a vehicle accident that resulted in the death of another person, you may be charged with vehicular homicide, also called reckless homicide or vehicular manslaughter. In Illinois, vehicular manslaughter occurs when a person causes the death of another while operating a vehicle, including motor vehicles, snowmobiles, boats, or all-terrain vehicles, or if a death occurred by causing a vehicle to go airborne.
Punishment possibilities are severe, so you should consult an experienced traffic attorney. Charges are considered to be Class 3 felonies, which may be bumped up to Class 2 felonies if the incident involved the death of an unborn child, a family or household member, or if the homicide occurred in a school or construction zone or involved a peace officer. Another consideration is whether the chain of events links the conduct of the defendant to the unintentional deaths of at least two victims. If there is a DUI involved and a drunk driver who causes the death, it will typically be charged as a Class 2 felony.
If you are a commercial truck driver in Illinois, violating federal and state traffic laws can put your commercial driver’s license at risk. A citation for driving a truck that is overweight, over-length, or over-width, can put your CDL in jeopardy. Our traffic defense attorney is experienced in handling commercial driver’s license cases and will work with you to keep you on the road.
Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. defends clients accused of a range of Illinois traffic offenses. Whether you are an out-of-state driver issued a speeding ticket in DuPage County or a commercial truck driver charged with violating interstate trucking regulations, contact our experienced traffic offenses attorneys for an aggressive and effective defense.
Don’t delay — contact us for help today at 630-305-0222 or contact our team online. Our Illinois criminal defense lawyers represent clients in DuPage County, Naperville, Aurora, Wheaton, Downers Grove and Bolingbrook, Illinois, and the greater Chicagoland area. Your initial consultation will be free.