We all know the sinking feeling when a police officer pulls us over, especially when we don’t think we did anything wrong. Maybe you’ve been accused of something minor like an improper lane change. Maybe you’ve been accused of something serious like blowing past a school bus with red flashing lights. Either way, you don’t have to go through it alone.
Types of Traffic Violations
The attorneys at the Grcic Law firm have experience representing clients accused of a wide range of traffic violations, such as:
- Parking tickets
- Cell phone use while driving
- Failure to stop at a stop sign
- Failure to reduce speed or change lanes to avoid emergency vehicles.
More serious violations that can incur serious penalties include:
- Driving under the influence
- Failure to slow and change lanes for an emergency vehicle
- Failure to stop for a school bus
In the logistics industry, in addition to the issues above, drivers can also face the following violations:
- Accidents at-fault with a commercial vehicle
- Speeding over prescribed limit for commercial vehicles
- Other commercial vehicle violations
If the police have ticketed you, don’t pay the ticket without considering the consequences. Paying the ticket is an admission of guilt and could expose you to the risk of substantial penalties.
Penalties for Traffic Violations
The penalties for traffic violations are often severe. They can include:
Fines are a common method of punishment for traffic violations in the Chicago area. Tickets and fines are big business, giving the police an incentive to write tickets even if the evidence for a violation is thin. Chicago made $264 million off of parking tickets in 2016 alone.
A judge might order community service instead of fines for traffic violations.
Drivers convicted of serious or repeated traffic violations may face jail time. Drivers convicted of Class C misdemeanors face up to 30 days. Class B misdemeanors can lead to sentences up to six months while 364 days is typical for Class A misdemeanors.
Insurance companies raise rates for drivers with moving violations on their records. Landlords, lenders, and employers may conduct background checks. Moving violations on your record could count against you.
Fight Traffic Violation Charges with Grcic Law
The prosecution and police might want you to believe that if someone’s written you a ticket or charged you with a crime, you must be guilty. They might want you to believe that there isn’t anything you can do.
You have rights and you have legal recourse. With an attorney by your side, you have the right to go over the evidence against you and compel the prosecution to prove their case in court. You have the right to be informed about the legal proceedings against you and your ability to contest them.
Call Grcic Law Today
The attorneys at Grcic Law have the experience to weigh the evidence against you and evaluate the strength of the state’s case. Working with you, they will present options and give you the knowledge and the power to choose your path forward.
Don’t let yourself suffer the consequences of convictions for traffic violations. Talk to an attorney before taking any action. The attorneys at Grcic Law will carefully consider the evidence against you and discuss your options. Call 847-696-6196 for a confidential, free consultation today.
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