This article in USA Today identifies Chicago as being 6th (out of 10) in the nation for ticketing drivers.
It’s best to slow down! In Illinois, the Legislature seems to have made a tradition out of raising penalties and fines almost yearly for the last 3 or so years. For driving 40+ mph over the limit, you will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor and are no longer eligible for supervision, which leaves you with a permanent mar on your criminal history (30 mph or over is a Class B Misdemeanor). This is set to change once again next year, as penalties will be higher for those caught driving 25 mph or over the limit. Depending where you are caught speeding, this may or may not be a conviction.
A conviction on your traffic abstract leads to increased insurance premiums and possibly the loss of a job or your driving privileges. If you are a CDL holder, any moving violation is considered “serious” and there is no supervision available. Three or more moving violations in a 2 year period qualify you for a suspension of your driving privileges of anywhere from two to four or more months.
It pays to hire an experienced traffic attorney to represent you in court.
If you or a friend find yourself arrested for a traffic violation or for any other criminal offense, contact Attorney Tatiana D. Czaplicki at 312.672.9628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free consultation..