THE ILLINOIS LAWS COVERING AGGRAVATED SPEEDING AND HOW A SKOKIE TRAFFIC AND SPEEDING TICKET ATTORNEY CAN HELP YOU IN COURT
MISDEMEANOR VS. PETTY OFFENSE SPEEDING TICKET IN SKOKIE ILLINOIS COURT
(2nd Municipal District of Cook County)
In most states speeding is a fine only offense and most drivers do not face the possibility of jail time for speeding unless the speeding and other circumstances escalate the offense to reckless driving. Most tickets are paid or contested in court with money only penalties. In Illinois if you have a petty offense speeding ticket you may not be required to appear in the Skokie court as you may choose an option of court supervision with traffic school assuming you have a clean driving record or you can pay a lesser cost and incur a conviction on your driving record without appearing in the Skokie court. Once a driver is pulled over and cited for a speeding ticket over 26 miles per hour by the Illinois State Police, Cook County Sheriff or other agency they will receive a mandatory notice to appear in the Skokie courthouse on a future date.
Although a driver can be cited for aggravated speeding in Illinois on any public road aggravated speeding tickets generally originate on Interstate 94 or 294 highways that are patrolled by Illinois State Police and then assigned for hearing in the Skokie court. If you appear on a misdemeanor speeding ticket in the Skokie court without an attorney a judge generally will continue your case to appear with an attorney on a future court date.
The reason why an attorney is needed in Skokie court for an aggravated speeding citation is that the possibility of a jail sentence exists on the charge. When a citizen faces the possibility of incarceration they are entitled to legal representation under the Constitution of the United States.
SPEEDING TICKETS FOR 26-34 MPH OVER POSTED SPEED LIMIT IN SKOKIE COURT
Under Illinois law (625 ILCS 5/11 601.5(a)), speeding 26 mph or more in excess of the posted speed limit is not petty offense, but rather a misdemeanor criminal offense in Skokie court. Aggravated Speeding 26-34 mph over the posted speed limit is charged as a Class B Misdemeanor, punishable by up to six (6) months in jail and a $1,500 fine plus mandatory court costs. These citations require a mandatory appearance in Skokie court as they are charged as criminal offenses, but with legal representation these tickets can normally be resolved on the first court date unless other conditions or circumstances apply.
SPEEDING TICKETS FOR 35 MPH OR MORE OVER POSTED SPEED LIMIT IN SKOKIE COURT
Under Illinois law (625 ILCS 5/11 601.5(b)), Aggravated Speeding 35 mph or more over the posted speed limit is a Class A Misdemeanor and is punishable by up to twelve (12) months in jail and a $2,500 fine plus court costs. It is interesting to note that these speeding tickets carry the same level of misdemeanor sanctions as a DUI or reckless driving charge. These citations also require a mandatory appearance in Skokie court as they are charged as criminal offenses, but with legal representation these tickets can normally be resolved on the first court date unless other conditions or circumstances apply.
HOW FORMER SKOKIE PROSECUTOR RICHARD ALBANESE CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR AGGRAVATED SPEEDING CASE IN SKOKIE COURT
Prior to becoming a traffic and speeding ticket attorney I served as a Cook County Prosecutor for almost a decade handling literally thousands of aggravated speeding tickets while assigned to the Skokie court. As a former prosecutor in the Skokie courthouse I am aware of all the possible dispositions that can be offered by a prosecutor depending on a client's traffic background and circumstances of the case.
When I first speak to a client I establish their relevant traffic history and driving record. I then consider the level of speed that they are being accused of traveling as well as the location they were stopped by the police as well as any positive or negative interactions they had with the police officer. I also establish if the client has a special license classification such as a CDL or more recently UBER or LYFT drivers whose livlihood depends on a clean driving record. Many professionally employed clients and younger students are also concerned how a criminal charge can adversely effect their employment or future career prospects.
Once I have determined the individual circumstances of the client and aggravated speeding citation in Skokie court I appear with the client in court and negotiate the best outcome presenting relevant mitigating background evidence to the prosecutor in Skokie court that may be handling the case. The primary goal is always to secure a disposition that does not result in a criminal convition for a client that could have negative consequences for employment, school or background checks.
Often I can secure a disposition of court supervision in Skokie court on an aggravated speeding charge. I often am also able to reach agreements to have a prosecutor exercise their discretion to reduce an aggravated speeding charge to a non-criminal petty offense with court supervision and potentially traffic safety school. In certain circumstances I am even able to secure full dismissal of an aggravated speeding charge with no fines or costs due.