Reasons You Need to Fight Your Misdemeanor Speeding Ticket
It’s true. If you drive fast enough in Illinois, you could be dealing with more than a costly traffic fine and marks on your record — you may be charged with a criminal misdemeanor. If you were pulled over in Waukegan or Lake County, I can help. I am attorney Alan E. Jones, and I have been defending people in traffic cases for more than 30 years. My criminal defense practice is focused especially on DUI, traffic and driver’s license defense. In fact, I am a long-term member and the former chair of the Traffic Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. For a free initial consultation about your speeding ticket, call me toll-free at (847) 336-3900 or contact me online now.Why Bother Fighting a Speeding Ticket, Even a Misdemeanor?
There are three good reasons you need to fight the charges if you have been cited for misdemeanor-level speeding.
- Paying that ticket is admitting guilt, so you will end up with a criminal record — or even jail time.
- Going 26-34 mph over the speed limit is a class B misdemeanor
- Going 35 or more mph over the speed limit is a class A misdemeanor
- A misdemeanor is much more serious than an ordinary traffic citation because it carries the potential for jail time. Being convicted of a class B misdemeanor could put you in jail for six months and/or get you fined up to $1,500. The potential penalty for a class A is up to a year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.
- These charges do not qualify you for Court Supervision like other misdemeanors.
- If you were charged with a first-offense DUI, for example, your case could be diverted to the Court Supervision program, which would allow you to be conviction-free if you successfully complete the supervision program. Conversely, misdemeanor speeding convictions stay on your record.
- There are realistic defense options.
- A lawyer experienced in traffic defense can often get the charges dismissed or negotiate a reduction or amendment of the charges. Even if you believe you were caught dead-to-rights, I can usually mitigate the damage.
When you call, please be ready to send or bring me your tickets so I can review them. The office is located in Waukegan, but if that’s too far away from you, you can scan and email your tickets to me or fax them.
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