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IL defense lawyerIt is the news you have been dreading since you first handed over a set of car keys to your teenage driver: he or she has been in a traffic accident. While it is no surprise that teenage drivers often are involved in car accidents, parents are usually upset and worried when they hear the news.

After treating any injuries that may have been sustained, parents might next have to handle any legal repercussions being faced by their teenage driver. If your child is considered at fault or partially at fault in the accident, he or she may have received a traffic ticket.

When helping your child in the aftermath of a traffic accident where they were at fault, it is helpful to keep the following things in mind:

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IL traffic attorneyMany drivers find it hard to believe, but under Illinois law, you could be sentenced to jail time for speeding. While most speeding tickets come with only a fine, aggravated speeding could be punishable by jail time. Aggravated or excessive speeding means driving at least 26 mph over the posted speed limit on an Illinois highway.

Driving 26 mph Over the Posted Speed Limit

Driving 26 mph over the posted speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor. Under Illinois law, Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,500 fine in addition to mandatory court costs.

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Illinois traffic violation attorney, Illinois defense lawyerDuring the barely-alert state of your morning commute, you forget you are on a toll road and fly past the toll booth without a pass or payment. You are on your route to work and tell yourself that you will pay it when you get home. But, by the time you get home, you have forgotten all about your morning toll incident. A week later, you have a rude reminder when you check your mailbox: you have a toll violation. Before you pay that fine, stop and consider the repercussions.

Paying the Ticket Screams “I Am Guilty”

The Illinois Tollway sends out traffic violations seven days after the missed payment. The Notice of Toll Violation provides a significant amount of information, but the information people focus on is the cost of the bill. Although the fines become hefty due to the additional $20.00 charge for a toll violation, the thought of a court hearing strikes fear into the hearts of many citizens, and they choose to pay exorbitant totals. However, doing so is agreeing that you are guilty of the behavior, which may result in additional points on your license, increased insurance rates, and a potential loss of licensure.

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