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IL traffic violations attorneyHundreds of Illinois drivers were stopped on July 25, 2018 -- Speed Awareness Day -- for driving above the posted speed limit. Many of those stopped were given speeding tickets.

On Speed Awareness Day, Illinois State Police issued 697 citations for speeding and 566 written warnings. The police were focused on more than just speeding. They also gave out 350 citations and 675 written warnings for other traffic violations.

In addition, officers took the day as an opportunity to remind motorist about the “Fatal Four Violations,” which are violations that often lead to fatal accidents. The Fatal Four are: driving under the influence, speeding, failing to wear a seatbelt, and distracted driving.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CDL.jpgAre you a truck driver who recently received a traffic ticket? Your CDL license may be in danger. Our firm understands that your CDL is your livelihood, and we will fight to protect it to the extent the law allows.

If you have a CDL license and have gotten a ticket, you need to hire an attorney who understands the full implications about what is at stake. At our firm, our attorney always keeps in mind how your situation differs from that of a driver who does not maintain a CDL license in the following ways:

  • It is important to note that two sets of laws likely apply to your situation. As a CDL license holder, you must worry about your motor vehicle driving privilege and your commercial driving privilege. Losing your motor vehicle licenses typically means you will lose your CDL as well. However, losing a CDL may not mean you will lose your non-commercial license under the Uniform Commercial Driver’s License Act.
  • In addition to the two sets of laws that apply, your employer may also require a certain outcome. For example, it may be possible to have your ticket reduced to a non-moving, equipment violation. This may save both your licenses, however, some employers will not let their drivers plead to such a violation. It is important to think about all the ways the resolution of your CDL ticket will affect various parties.
  • It is also critical for the CDL driver to, where possible, not agree or be sentenced to supervision. Under supervision, a motor vehicle driving privilege will not be affected, however, supervision is considered a conviction as to the CDL, and the CDL privilege may be lost.

An experienced CDL ticket attorney will also keep in mind your unique circumstances. For example, it is common for a CDL driver to get a ticket far from home. Also, our firm understands that having to come back for multiple court dates impacts your ability to drive and earn money. Our firm strives to keep you out of the courtroom as much as possible. Your presence may still be required for important court hearings, however. This often depends on the judge and the court.

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IL defense lawyerShoplifting may seem like a petty crime, and some people may even consider it a right of passage. However, shoplifting charges can be a dark stain on your criminal record and show up when you apply for housing or a job.

In Illinois, to be convicted of misdemeanor shoplifting, or retail theft as lawyers and courts call it, there are several elements that must be proven. Perhaps the most common way someone shoplifts is when “he or she knowingly obtains or exerts unauthorized control over property of the owner.”

Thus, the state must prove that you knowingly shoplifted. It is not enough to be caught in possession of items allegedly stolen. The state must prove that you knew what you were doing. This can be difficult to prove in some cases and may be a valid defense.

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