Traffic Violations May Carry Heavy Penalties
If your need for speed landed you in trouble with police, don’t underestimate the severity of the penalties you may face without a strong defense. Depending on the circumstances, you may be charged with a class A misdemeanor, which carries consequences beyond a simple traffic ticket.
The lawyers at Richard F. Blass & Associates, LLC, have represented drivers throughout DuPage, Cook, Kane, DeKalb, Kendall and Will Counties who seek legal assistance after serious moving violations.
An officer who charges you with reckless driving believes your actions disregarded the safety of other drivers, pedestrians or property. This may include hill hopping, swerving or other unsafe behaviors behind the wheel. Because the lives of others are endangered by reckless drivers, the courts take these charges very seriously.
In Illinois, reckless driving is a class A misdemeanor, the most serious level of misdemeanors. A conviction for a reckless driving charge may result in a fine as high as $2,500 or a year in jail. Reckless driving that contributes to the serious or disabling injury of another person rises to a felony charge and carries more severe consequences.
Driving faster than 35 mph over the posted speed can result in a charge of aggravated speeding.
As with reckless driving, aggravated speeding is a class A misdemeanor. This means that, unlike a simple speeding ticket, police may decide to arrest you, especially if you have previous moving violations on your record. Once you appear before a judge, your options may decline.
A conviction for either of these offenses is more than points on your driving record. It is a criminal conviction that could hamper you in many areas of your life. Having experienced legal counsel at your side as quickly as possible offers more opportunity to mitigate the consequences. Our attorneys will work to reduce the charges or even have the charges dropped if the evidence against you is questionable.
We Can Help Combat Reckless Driving And Aggravated Speeding Charges
Seeing these charges as just another ticket may be a mistake that leaves you without the representation of an experienced attorney. If this is a risk you aren’t willing to take, contact our law firm’s Elmhurst office at 630-782-2000 or via our online contact page so we can tailor a unique defense for your circumstances. We answer our phones 24 hours a day and offer a free initial consultation.