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IL defense attorneySpeeding is not hard to do — we all know this. Some people get caught up in the moment, driving along an open road, listening to their favorite song and do not even realize they are speeding. Others know that they are speeding and do it intentionally because they are in a rush or they do not care. Whatever the reason, getting pulled over and being issued a ticket can be a situation you do not want to deal with. If you were speeding enough over the legal limit, you could even be facing criminal charges. When an officer issues you a ticket, they must indicate whether or not you must appear in court. If you are not required to make a court appearance, you have three options to reconcile the ticket.

Plead Guilty and Pay the Fine

For many people, this is the option they choose because they do not realize they have another choice. It is almost never advised to just accept the charge and pay the fine. If you do, the offense will count as a conviction on your driving record and will add points to your driver’s license. This can be problematic if you already have points on your license.

Plead Guilty and Request Court Supervision

Another option is to plead guilty but request court supervision instead of receiving a conviction. If you choose to ask for court supervision, you will be required to plead guilty, you will have to pay a higher fine and you will also have to complete online traffic safety school, which is typically around four hours. Receiving court supervision will not count as a conviction on your record, though you are not guaranteed to get it when you ask for it.

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IL defense lawyerOne of the most innate human instincts is the fight or flight response. When we are faced with something intimidating, dangerous or scary, there is a split second in which your body decides whether you should stand your ground and fight the obstacle or if you should protect yourself and flee from it. Though we do not have to rely on this instinct nearly as much anymore, some people can still be overtaken by it in stressful situations, say, such as a car accident. Fleeing the scene of a car accident is not only impolite, but it is also illegal and can lead to criminal charges.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Property-Damage

Some people may think that they do not have to stop after an accident if nobody was hurt; that is not the case. By law, you must still stop if you get into an accident involving property damage and give the other driver your information, such as your name, phone number, vehicle registration number, and your complete insurance information. Failure to do so can result in a Class A misdemeanor charge. If you are convicted of a Class A misdemeanor, you could face up to one year in prison and a maximum of $2,500 in fines. The Secretary of State’s Office will also suspend your driver’s license if the damage to the other person’s vehicle is estimated to be more than $1,000.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident Involving Bodily Injury or Death

If you flee from the scene of an accident that involved death or bodily injury, the consequences become more serious. By law, you are required to stop right away, provide help to anyone who needs it and exchange information with the other driver. You are also required to call 911 if someone is in serious condition and needs medical attention. If calling 911 is not necessary, you are required to report the accident to law enforcement within 30 minutes or risk criminal charges.

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IL defeense lawyerPeople who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are held to higher standards than most other drivers on the road. This is because holding a CDL typically means you are driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) quite often, which is typically very large and heavy-duty. CMV’s are plenty safe when they are used in a correct and safe manner, but they can become extremely dangerous if a person drives recklessly or carelessly. Both state governments and the federal government have the power to create and enforce rules about CDL’s, CMV’s and the people who utilize them. In certain situations, your CDL can be put into danger of being revoked or disqualified if you commit certain acts, such as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Illinois DUI Penalties

If you are charged with a DUI and you hold a CDL, you not only face penalties pertaining to your CDL but also to your standard Illinois driving privileges. A first-time DUI in Illinois is charged as a Class A misdemeanor, meaning you face up to one year in prison, up to $2,500 in fines and a one-year driver’s license revocation.

The Effect of a DUI on Your CDL

According to Illinois law, your CDL can be disqualified for a minimum of 12 months if you commit a first violation of:

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