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Kane County speeding defense lawyerSeveral months ago, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered that the threshold for speed cameras placed around the city be dropped from 10 mph to 6 mph. Although it may seem like a small amount, that difference has resulted in a significant increase in the number of speeding tickets issued. This may be resulting in a nice financial windfall for the city, but for drivers, it has turned into quite an expensive headache, with some drivers receiving multiple speeding citations from the same camera, often within days of each other.

Chicago Speed Cameras

According to public records, there are 162 speed cameras located throughout the city. These cameras have been placed in 69 different safety zones that are within an eighth of a mile of a school or park. Fines for violations changed in March, when the city lowered the speed threshold. If a driver is speeding between 6 to 10 mph over the posted speed limit, they will be fined $35. If the driver is traveling over 10 mph, they will be fined $100.

In the first four months of the change, the city issued more than one million tickets. This was more than double the amount of tickets issued during the same time period in 2020.

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Kane County dui defense lawyerDriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal in all 50 states. However, the penalties of a drunk driving conviction vary from state to state. In Illinois, the consequences for driving under the influence (DUI) depend on several factors, including whether the person has previously been charged with drunk driving and whether certain aggravating factors were present. In some DUI cases, the defendant may be able to plead guilty to a lesser offense nicknamed “wet reckless” to reduce the penalties he or she faces. If you or a loved one have been charged with DUI in Illinois, it is important to carefully consider your options before making a decision about a plea deal.

Penalties for Driving Under the Influence in Illinois

If a driver is arrested for driving under the influence and refuses to take a breath test or fails a breath test in Illinois, he or she is subject to an immediate driver’s license suspension. This suspension makes it illegal for the person to drive any vehicle. If the person is convicted of DUI and no aggravating circumstances are present, his or her driving privileges are revoked for one year. A first-time DUI is punishable by fines up to $2,500, and up to one year in jail, however, many first-time offenders can secure court supervision in lieu of jail time. If the driver had a blood alcohol content of 0.16 or more, was transporting a child under 16, or caused a crash resulting in serious injury or death, the penalties are much harsher. Some DUIs are classified as felonies.

Reckless Driving Penalties Compared to DUI Penalties

The term “wet reckless” is often used to describe charges for reckless driving involving alcohol. First-time DUI and reckless driving are Class A misdemeanor offenses in Illinois. However, the penalties associated with these offenses differ. Unlike DUI, a conviction for reckless driving does not result in a one-year driver’s license revocation. Furthermore, a person who has been convicted of DUI and is under court supervision may face significant penalties if he or she is arrested for a subsequent DUI during the probation period. This is not true of reckless driving.

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cook county dui defense lawyerThe State of Illinois prioritizes keeping dangerous drivers off of the road in order to decrease the risk of accidents and serious injuries. As such, when a person is arrested or convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI), their driver’s license is typically suspended or revoked. However, Illinois also recognizes that losing one’s driving privileges can cause substantial hardship. If you have been arrested or convicted for DUI, you may still have options that allow you to drive, and an attorney can help you pursue them.

Illinois DUI Suspensions and Revocations

It is important to understand what actually happens to your driver’s license when you are arrested or convicted. Upon a DUI arrest, the officer will ask you to submit to a chemical test to determine the presence of alcohol in your body. If you fail the test with a blood alcohol concentration of at least 0.08, your license will be subject to a statutory summary suspension of six months for a first offense. This suspension takes effect 45 days after you receive notice. If you refuse the test altogether, your license will be subject to suspension for one year.

 

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Chicago traffic violations attorneyIn Illinois, speeding is a traffic violation that can have a variety of consequences depending on the extent to which a driver exceeds the posted speed limit. The majority of speeding tickets will result in fines of only a few hundred dollars at most, while aggravated speeding, defined as a situation in which a driver exceeds the posted limit by more than 25 miles per hour, is actually a criminal misdemeanor offense. However, speeding of any kind can also result in another consequence that you may not expect: the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.

License Suspension Based on the Illinois Point System

In addition to any fines and other penalties assessed for a traffic violation, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office also operates a system in which each conviction for a traffic offense results in a certain number of points being added to the driver’s license. Many of these offenses involve speeding, and a more serious offense means a greater number of points assigned.

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Cook County traffic violations lawyerIn Illinois, commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders are held to high standards in order to protect the safety of everyone on the road. A variety of violations can disqualify a person from obtaining a CDL, or result in the temporary or permanent revocation of a CDL. Given the importance of a CDL for a person’s livelihood, it is understandable that you would be concerned about the possibility of losing your license, especially if you are involved in an accident in which someone is injured.

What Happens When a CDL Holder Causes an Injury?

Getting in an accident is never a good situation. Setting aside the risk of serious injury to yourself,  you could also face serious consequences if you are found to be at fault for the crash. Depending on the circumstances leading to the collision, you and your employer could be liable for property damage and damages related to another person’s injuries. Your employer could also view an accident as grounds for termination if the crash was caused by your unsafe driving behavior.

That said, causing an accident and injuries is not itself grounds for disqualification of your commercial driver’s license. This means that in many cases, you could continue to drive for either your current employer or another employer even if you are found to be liable for a crash.

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