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IL defense lawyerThough it may not seem like it, speeding is a dangerous crime. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people were killed as a result of speeding in 2016, making up about 27 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. While speeding may not seem like a serious crime, it very much is - not only are the driver and occupants of the speeding vehicle put in danger, but other people on the road are put in danger, as well. This is why speeding is taken so seriously in Illinois

Current Illinois Speeding Laws

Speeding more than 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is usually referred to as aggravated speeding, which is more serious than just a speeding ticket.

Speeding 26 mph - 34 mph Over the Limit: When you are going more than 25 mph over the speed limit, but not more than 35 mph, you are committing a Class B misdemeanor. For this charge, you could be facing up to six months in jail or up to two years of probation and up to $1,500 in fines.

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IL defense lawyerThose who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are held to higher standards than your normal driver. Because of the large size and weight of commercial vehicles, drivers need to have more knowledge, experience, and skills to operate a commercial vehicle safely and successfully. This is why drivers are required to pass both a knowledge test and a skills test to get their CDL. This is also why CDL drivers are held to higher standards when it comes to operating their vehicles. There are multiple traffic violations that carry penalties that are much harsher than penalties for normal drivers and there are also penalties that only apply to commercial drivers. One of those penalties is the overweight truck ticket.

What Is an Overweight Ticket?

In most states, there are laws that dictate how heavy certain vehicles can be when they are driving on the roads. While this may seem like a strange restriction, there is actually a reason behind placing limitations on the weight of vehicles. Trucks that have overweight loads can, over time, cause extensive damage to roads, bridges, and highways. Repairing this infrastructure is not cheap and can actually cost the state millions of dollars to repair. This is why Illinois, like most other states, issue tickets for trucks or other commercial vehicles that are overweight.

Illinois Overweight Truck Tickets

In the state of Illinois, a police officer only has to have “reason to believe that the weight of a vehicle and load is unlawful.” If a police officer pulls you over because they believe your load is overweight, you must submit to a weighing of your vehicle, which can be measured by either a portable or stationary scale. The law also states that if it is found that the vehicle is, in fact, overweight, you must park in a suitable place in order to remove a portion of the load so that the vehicle is not overweight before you can proceed.

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IL defense attorneyOne of the most common crimes that teenagers commit is retail theft, or shoplifting. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Unified Crime Report, over 100,000 Americans under the age of 18 were charged with larceny in 2016. Everyone makes mistakes - especially teenagers. That is why it is so important to understand the repercussions that can come from one, small bad decision made in the heat of the moment. Here are four things you need to know about retail theft.

It is Not Usually Premeditated

According to the National Association for Shoplifting Prevention (NASP), an estimated 73 percent of adults and 72 percent of juvenile shoplifters do not plan to shoplift in advance. Typically, it is a spur-of-the-moment decision. For teens, especially, peer pressure, impulses and a general lack of judgment all combine to cause unplanned thefts.

Retailers Typically Punish Shoplifters to the Full Extent of the Law

The offender is not the only one who loses when they are caught shoplifting - police and courts are busy dealing with petty thefts when they should be focusing on more important things, the costs of goods are driven up because of losses and communities lose sales tax revenue. This is why retailers have begun punishing offenders to the full extent of the law - to deter others from shoplifting.

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