In Illinois Speeding tickets are one of the most common traffic violations, and most common way Chicago area residents have contact with the legal system. Illinois Police officers look for speeding – it's an easy catch. With the assistance of radar and LIDAR guns, officers have a variety of tools for catching drivers at just the wrong moment, as they exceed the speed limit. Just like any machines, radar and LIDAR may be used improperly and have technical flaws that knowledgeable attorneys can identify and exploit to your advantage. Officers also use other methods like vehicle pace or VASCAR. Pacing and other timing methods all have significant weaknesses too that can be explored by a skillful Illinois traffic lawyer.
The severity of a traffic ticket depends upon how fast the driver was going over the posted speed limit. Illinois law treats speeding increasingly more harshly as speeds increase. Technically, police can write a ticket for even 1 mile per hour over the limit.
Illinois speeding tickets can even be charged as misdemeanor offenses, starting at 26 miles per hour over the posted limit, incurring criminal penalties up to 364 days in jail plus $2500 in fines plus costs.
Chicago Speeding Ticket Defense Lawyers
If you have been the unfortunate recipient of a speeding ticket, you should speak with a traffic violation lawyer at our firm immediately. One of our experienced attorneys will assess your situation and consider all the evidence in your case to determine what legal action is available. With the assistance of a skilled attorney, you may be able to avoid the fines, increased auto insurance premiums, loss of driving privileges and possible civil liability from getting a speeding ticket. The costs of an insurance increase can exceed thousands of dollars over the course of a year and should never be underestimated. To give yourself the best chance of avoiding these excessive costs contact us now for a free consultation.