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Traffic Violation Attorneys in Itasca

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Almost everyone gets a speeding ticket or otherwise violates traffic laws at some point in their life. While many traffic violations are considered petty offenses which are punishable by only a minor fine, other traffic offenses carry much more significant penalties. If you need legal representation for a traffic-related offense, speak with a qualified traffic crimes defense attorney from Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C.

Moving Violations Lawyer in Addison

Although most minor traffic violations do not incur serious penalties, if you get too many moving violations, your driver's license can be suspended. Committing an Illinois traffic offense results in demerit points being added to your driving record. For example, driving ten or fewer miles per hour above the speed limit is worth five points. Disregarding a traffic-control light is a 20-point offense. Improper passing, passing on a shoulder while merging into traffic, improper U-turn, and exceeding the speed limit in a school zone are also all 20-point offenses. If you commit three or more moving violations in a one-year period, your driver's license will be suspended or revoked. The total number of traffic violation points you have accumulated determines the length of your driver's license suspension:

  • 15 to 44 points will result in a two-month suspension;
  • 45 to 74 points will result in a three-month suspension;
  • 75 to 89 points will result in a six-month suspension;
  • 90 to 99 points will result in a nine-month suspension; and
  • 100 or more points will result in a 12-month suspension.

Some traffic offenses result in an automatic revocation of the offender's driver's license. These offenses include but are not limited to:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI);
  • Drag racing;
  • Two convictions for unlawful transportation of open alcohol where the offender is under age 21;
  • Leaving the scene of a car accident which resulted in death or serious injury;
  • Aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer; and
  • Any felony criminal offense involving the use of a motor vehicle.

If your license has been suspended or revoked, speak with an experienced traffic crimes defense attorney from Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C.

Aggravated Speeding and Reckless Driving

While most traffic violations are not considered criminal offenses, aggravated speeding and reckless driving are considered crimes. Aggravated speeding occurs when a motorist drives at least 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. Exceeding the speed limit by 26 to 24 miles per hour is a Class B misdemeanor offense punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,500. Aggravated speeding becomes a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine up to $2,500 if the offender is driving 35 miles per hour or more over the speed limit.

Reckless driving refers to operating a car, truck, or other motor vehicle with "willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property." Examples of reckless driving include using a hill or railroad crossing as a ramp to cause a vehicle to become airborne, as well as driving too fast for existing road conditions.

In some cases, driving in a reckless or erratic manner can cause a traffic accident which results in the death or serious injury of another person. In cases like this, the driver may be charged with reckless homicide or vehicular manslaughter, which are punishable by even greater criminal penalties.

Call Us for Help

Having your driver's license suspended or revoked can significantly impact your professional and personal life. For help defending against traffic crimes, contact the skilled legal professionals at Ana M. Mencini & Associates, P.C. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 630-875-1700. We serve clients in Bloomingdale, Addison, Roselle, Rosemont, Bensenville, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Rolling Meadows, Cook County, and the surrounding areas.

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