The disposition of a moving traffic violation can result in serious license consequences, including suspension of driving privileges, auto insurance premium increases, serious fines, and traffic safety school. If you receive a traffic citation NEVER mail in the citation with a payment, as this will result in an AUTOMATIC CONVICTION on your driving record. This option may seem enticing because the fine is lower with the mail-in option, but doing this is not in your best interest. In the short term, it seems like you have saved money. However, once the conviction is detected by your insurance company, your premiums will increase costing you more money down the road and, more importantly, convictions for even minor traffic offenses may lead to a suspension of your driving privileges. Even if the police officer that issues the citation advices you to mail it in, or that a court appearance is not necessary, DO NOT mail it in. It is always advisable to hire a defense attorney with extensive experience in traffic defense to avoid a traffic conviction, keep fines to a minimum, and often times avoid traffic school. The attorneys at LaScola Law Offices, Ltd. are committed to the highest level of client service, handling each case personally, with great care and attention to detail. Our team at LaScola Law Offices, Ltd. represents clients charged with all traffic and driving offenses including, but not limited to, the following:
- Aggravated Speeding (Class A & B Misdemeanors)
- Speeding in a School Zone
- Speeding in a Construction Zone
- Reckless driving
- Stop Sign and Red Light violations
- Failure to stop for a School Bus loading/unloading children
- Failure to use turn signal
- Improper lane usage
- Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident
- Driving with a suspended or revoked license
- Driving without Insurance
- CDL violations – commercial truck drivers
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident
- Texting/Cell phone while driving
- Traffic Accidents
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Street racing
- All other traffic/moving violations
- Compliance violations (equipment violations, registration or emission compliance, etc.)
Speeding laws in Illinois are constantly changing, which can lead to confusion for motorist as to the penalties currently in place for such offenses. As of January 1, 2014, the laws changed reducing the minimum range of speed for serious speeding, known as aggravated speeding charges, as well as increased the penalties for those offense. Driving 26 to 34 miles over the posted speed limit, results in a Class B Misdemeanor. Driving 35 miles or more over the posted speed limit, results in a Class A Misdemeanor.
In order to avoid a misdemeanor charge on your traffic record, which may result in job consequences, insurance premium increases, and possible suspension or revocation of driving privileges, a driver charged with a Class A or Class B Misdemeanor Speeding should have experience legal representation to reach the best outcome possible. We have successfully encouraged prosecutors throughout the Chicagoland area to reduce the speed on these allegations down to the petty offense level (25 mph or less) to avoid misdemeanor traffic offenses on our client’s record.
Working With A Traffic Lawyer
An experienced traffic attorney understands that all traffic citations, no matter how minor, have some impact on the driving record of their clients. Equipped with this understanding, our team will use a proactive approach to ensure that the rights of all of our clients are protected and their best interests always at the forefront of our concerns. The attorneys at LaScola Law Offices, Ltd. work with a wide array of drivers facing traffic charges, no matter the severity level of the case, and strive to achieve the best possible outcome. If you need assistance with your traffic matter, call us now at (847)850-0100.