When you’re accused of speeding, it can leave you with some serious penalties if you don’t fight back. If you’re facing a ticket, reach out to a Chicago attorney for the help you need to try getting your ticket dismissed.
You might not have realized or thought you were going over the speed limit, until an officer pulled you over and gave you a speeding ticket. Now, you’re facing severe consequences if you don’t fight back now and get your charges dismissed.
If you’ve been pulled over for a speeding violation in Chicago, you may need help fighting to get your ticket dismissed. Fortunately, that’s what our lawyers at Chicago Trusted Attorneys can provide. We know how tough it can be to overcome your speeding ticket, so your Chicago speeding ticket lawyer will work to help you avoid the harsh penalties a speeding ticket can bring.
Points and Penalties for Speeding
If you don’t fight your speeding ticket, the penalties can be high. A speeding ticket in Chicago can be worth more than one hundred dollars for even minor speeding violations. Unfortunately, those tickets can be expensive, making it difficult to recover after a ticket.
Worse, the points a speeding ticket puts on your driver’s license can add up. If you accrue too many of these points, your license could be suspended. That leaves you without the transportation you may rely on every day.
Long-Term Financial Costs
Worse, the financial costs can add up over time. For example, a license suspension may require a fee to get your license back, adding to the fines you’ve already paid. After that, though, you might see a change in your insurance policy, too.
Insurance companies want to see that their clients are safe drivers. If you don’t fight your speeding ticket, that may indicate to them that you’re not staying safe on the road. That means that your insurance prices could increase based on your ticket.
That makes it more difficult for you to recover from a ticket, so you’ll need to defend yourself during your day in Chicago traffic court. Accepting the penalties can hurt you over time, so fight back now to protect your future.
Arrests for Speeding
Generally, you’re not expecting an arrest when you’re pulled over for speeding. However, arrests can happen in some circumstances, depending on the speed at which you were traveling and whether you have previous offenses on your record.
Typically, you won’t be arrested unless you were accused of excessive or aggravated speeding. This means that you were driving over the speed limit to a dangerous degree, and you could be charged with a misdemeanor.
For speeds over 26 mph over the posted speed limit, you may be facing Class B misdemeanor charges, which could lead to up to 180 days in jail. If you’re convicted of driving more than 35 mph over the speed limit, you may be in jail for up to a year for your offense. Because your penalties can be so serious, it’s important to fight back now if you were arrested for speeding.
Illinois Speed Laws
Understanding how Illinois’s speed laws work can also help you. Like many states, Illinois recognizes two types of speeding laws: absolute speed limits and basic speed limits.
When we think of speed limits, we’re usually thinking of absolute speed laws. These laws are the speed limits posted on signs, denoting how fast you’re allowed to go. Whether you’re driving one mile or ten miles over that speed limit, you could be pulled over for speeding.
Basic speed law, however, can reduce that limit further. Basic speed law covers not just the posted limits but how safe it is to travel given the current conditions.
For example, you might be driving in a heavy downpour on the highway. The posted speed limit for state highways is 65 mph. However, it may not be safe to drive 65 mph in a heavy rain. As such, you might be pulled over for driving at speeds that are dangerous for the conditions, since you and other drivers could be seriously injured at higher speeds.
Defenses for Chicago Speeding Tickets
When you’re facing a speeding ticket, you’ll need to prepare a strong defense against their accusations. Unfortunately, that can be overwhelming, and you may be unsure where to start. That’s why our Chicago attorneys take the time to listen to your case first, so we can choose the best defense for you.
For example, you might have been pulled over for driving too fast for the conditions. If there was no posted speed limit for driving in those conditions, though, your case might focus on proving that you weren’t driving recklessly in those weather conditions.
Otherwise, your lawyer may call the officer’s opinion of your speed into question. Police officers can make mistakes, and the tools they use to determine your speed, from their own pacing to their radar guns, can fail. Your lawyer may try to call these resources into question during your day in traffic court in order to prove that your ticket should be dropped.
Defending Yourself against Speed Cameras
Your speeding ticket may be a little more complicated when it comes to fighting back because you weren’t pulled over by a police officer at all. Instead, you received your speeding ticket in the mail from a speeding camera.
Fighting back against these speed cameras might seem impossible. The cameras, usually posted around school zones to deter speeding, took a picture of your car, so you may not have a chance to act, right?
Fortunately, you’ll have a chance to fight back, even with a speed camera ticket. While these cameras are often accurate, mistakes do happen. For example, the cameras may have been running during after-school hours or during holidays, when no children were in the area. If the camera went off at these times, your ticket might be dismissed on those grounds.
Don’t Rely on Free Advice
Unfortunately, many people seeking to fight a speeding ticket may try to use the free advice you might have seen while researching your speeding ticket. Unfortunately, that advice can do more harm to your case than it does good.
That’s because that free advice isn’t always accurate. For example, you may have heard that a mistake on your speeding ticket could have your ticket immediately dismissed. Sadly, a mistake on your ticket is rarely more than a clerical error, which will usually be corrected and moved past.
Other advice may not be outright untrue, but isn’t as useful without help. For example, you may have read that speed radar is delicate and requires proper training and calibration to use properly. However, calling the accuracy of the speed detectors into question isn’t enough. You may need a lawyer to investigate whether the officer was properly trained and their tools properly calibrated.
Contact a Chicago Lawyer about Your Speeding Ticket
When you’ve been accused of speeding, fighting back can be difficult. It’s your word against a police officer’s, and you might not think that the penalties are that bad anyway.
Unfortunately, accepting a speeding ticket can hurt you, not just now, but in the future, too. That’s why you need someone from Chicago Trusted Attorneys on your side. Our lawyers understand how difficult it can be to get a speeding ticket dismissed, so we’ll help you fight back and protect your future.
When you’re ready to dispute your ticket and fight back, reach out for help from a Chicago speeding ticket lawyer. We can be reached by calling 312-931-5411 or by filling out the following online form for a consultation.