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Speeding Tickets in Illinois

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When you get a speeding ticket , do you know what your options are?

For petty offenses like speeding 10 to 20 mph over the limit, the most commonly chosen option is to check “Plead guilty and apply for court supervision” on the back of the ticket. You mail the ticket to the circuit court along with your fine and complete a driver safety course. As long as you keep a clean driving record until the end of the supervision period (usually three to four months), the violation will not appear on your driving record.

However, there are a few situations in which you may want to get an attorney and fight the ticket:

Three Convictions for Moving Violations in the Past 12 Months

If you have just gotten your fourth speeding ticket (or any other type of moving violation) within 12 months, there are several good reasons to try to fight it:

• Three moving violation convictions within 12 months will cause the Secretary of State to suspend your driver’s license for at least two to three months, and it is a hassle to get your license reinstated following a suspension.

• Your auto insurance rates will likely increase significantly, and your insurance company may even drop you.

• Having this many convictions, along with a license suspension, on your driving record could limit your employment opportunities.

Just to be clear, when you get court supervision for a ticket, that does not count as a conviction, as long as you complete the supervision without committing another traffic violation. You can get two supervisions within a 12-month period.

Aggravated Speeding

If you were clocked going 26 mph or more in excess of the speed limit, this is considered aggravated speeding. According to Illinois law ( 625 ILCS 5/11-601.5 ), driving at least 26 mph but less than 35 mph over the speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor. Driving 35 mph or more in excess of the speed limit is a Class A misdemeanor. In other words, aggravated speeding is not just a petty traffic offense; it is treated as an actual crime.

For misdemeanor offenses, you will have to appear in court. You could be sentenced to up to six months in prison and a fine up to $1,500 for Class B and up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,500 for Class A.

While Illinois law allows (since 2016) court supervision for aggravated speeding tickets, that decision is up to the judge. Depending on the county where you got the ticket, the state’s attorney may oppose a sentence of court supervision and push for a conviction.

The penalties for aggravated speeding are severe enough to warrant the help of an attorney, who will negotiate for the best possible outcome for you. If there is anything questionable about the speed at which you were clocked, an attorney may be able to get the ticket reduced from aggravated speeding to non-aggravated.

An Aggressive Will County Traffic Violations Attorney Can Help

If you are in danger of losing your driver’s license due to an aggravated speeding violation or too many convictions in one year, do not go into court unaided. Talk to an experienced Joliet speeding ticket defense lawyer to learn about ways to mitigate the effects on your life. Call the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba at 815-740-4025 for a no-cost review of your case.

Understanding Illinois Drug Crimes

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Most people know the basic types of substances that are illegal in most states, but what you may not know is that there are many types of drug crimes you can be charged with, many of them at the same time. Each specific crime has its own requirements for sentencing if you are convicted of the crime, which is why it is important to understand what you are dealing with if you are facing a drug crime in Illinois.

Laws Concerning Illicit Drugs in Illinois

There are five acts in Illinois that govern the use, distribution, growth, manufacture, and sale of illegal drugs in the state. These acts include:

The Illinois Controlled Substances Act

The Cannabis Control Act

The Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act

The Hypodermic Syringes and Needles Act

The Drug Paraphernalia Control Act

Common Drug Charges

Drug Possession: It is illegal to possess any illicit drug for any period of time. The penalties for drug possession all depend on which type of drug you were caught with and the amount of the drug in your possession. The potential consequences of being charged with possession of marijuana will not be as harsh as being charged with possession of methamphetamine.

Drug Trafficking: Drug trafficking involves the manufacture, growth, preparation, delivery, or distribution of a controlled substance. Even if you do not intend to use the drug yourself, it is illegal to traffic it. Possession with the intent to deliver the drug is also a crime, which can earn you hefty fines and jail time.

DUI : While Driving Under the Influence often involves alcohol use, it is also illegal for people to operate a motor vehicle if they are under the influence of any controlled substance, including prescription drugs. DUI charges can result in jail time, fines, suspended or revoked drivers’ licenses, or probation.

Choose to Be Represented by a Joliet Criminal Defense Attorney

A drug charge can affect you for the rest of your life if you are convicted. Though sentencing has become more geared toward rehabilitation in recent years, the punishments for committing a drug crime can still be very tough. If you are facing drug charges, you should have a skilled Will County drug crimes defense lawyer by your side. The Law Office of Jack L. Zaremba, P.C. can help you keep your record clean. To set up a free consultation, call our office at 815-740-4025.

School Bus Math: Illegal Passing = Fines + License Suspension

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If you are driving down the road and see a school bus stop to drop off kids, do you know what to do? If you fail to respond correctly, you could find yourself facing an expensive traffic ticket

Illinois School Bus Laws

Illinois Law ( 625 ILCS 5/11-1414 ) provides specific rules for approaching, overtaking, and passing a school bus. Flashing amber lamps provide a warning that a bus is within 100 yards of stopping in an urban area or within 200 yards of stopping in rural areas. When you see flashing amber lights on a bus, slow down and be prepared to stop.

When the bus actually stops, its red signal lamps will flash, and its stop sign arm will be extended. The law requires you to stop at least 20 feet from a stopped school bus displaying these signals. Watch for children crossing the street in front of the bus until they have safely completed their walk between bus and curb. Motorists may not proceed until the the school bus resumes motion or the school bus driver signals you that it is okay for you to proceed.

The “stop for the bus” rules apply everywhere a school bus travels to pick up and drop off kids, including highways, streets, private roads, parking lots, and school property. Here are the specific rules for each type of street:

• One-way streets: All lanes of traffic must stop behind the bus.

• Two-lane roads, with one lane in each direction: All lanes must stop, regardless of which direction drivers are traveling.

• Four-lane roads, with multiple lanes in each direction: Only drivers traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop.

The Bus Driver Can Report You

If you illegally pass a school bus, the bus driver will probably report your license plate number to the police. The police will contact the registered owner of the vehicle. The vehicle owner must tell the police who was driving at the time or pay the penalty themselves.

You Can Lose Your License if You Pass a Stopped School Bus

If you are convicted of illegally passing a stopped school bus, the fine is $150 for the first conviction and $500 for each subsequent conviction. However, that is not the only price you will pay. Your driver’s license will be suspended for three months for a first conviction and one year for a second conviction within five years.

During the period of suspension, you may be eligible for a “hardship license,” otherwise known as a restricted driving permit. This allows to you drive from home to work and any other locations necessary to avoid undue hardship. In order to qualify for this permit, you may have to attend remedial driver training.

An Aggressive Will County Traffic Violations Attorney Can Help

If you have been ticketed in Will County for failing to stop for a school bus, do not just plead guilty and pay the fine--especially if this is your third moving violation ticket within the past year. Instead, talk to an experienced Joliet traffic ticket defense lawyer about your options for challenging the ticket and avoiding the loss of your driving privileges. Call the Law Offices of Jack L. Zaremba at 815-740-4025 for a no-cost review of your case.

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