Have you been arrested for a traffic violation or been issued a traffic ticket in Chicago? If so, you should not hesitate to contact Chicago traffic ticket attorney Gus Kostopoulos. Traffic offenses may seem minor but they can actually have serious consequences. In some cases, you could face time behind bars for your traffic-related incident. Other times, you could face the loss of your license altogether. This will make it difficult to get to work and be there for your family.
The attorneys at the Kostopoulos Law Group can help to limit the consequences of your arrest and/or traffic tickets. If you are facing the loss of your license and/or criminal charges do not hesitate to contact our Chicago office. We have more than 30 years of combined experience handling complex legal matters, including traffic ticket violations. Call us today to learn about how we can help you avoid serious penalties for your traffic-related offenses.
Why Should I Hire A Traffic Ticket Attorney?
In Chicago, traffic violations can be serious and life-changing. Some violations, including Driving Under the Influence and Reckless Driving, carry the possibility of criminal sanctions. Other violations may seem less serious, but can impose burdensome financial costs. You can avoid these consequences by keeping traffic violations off of your driving record. The best way to keep traffic violations off of your driving record is by hiring a Chicago traffic attorney to handle your case.
At the Kostopoulos Law Group, our attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to successfully defend you against any traffic citations that you have received. We will fight to make sure that you are not unfairly subjected to harsh penalties, steep fines, and criminal sanctions. We understand that your driver’s license is essential to your livelihood and will fight to make sure that you keep it. Call us today to learn more about why you should hire a Chicago traffic ticket attorney.
Consequences of a Traffic Ticket in Chicago
In Chicago, the consequences of a traffic ticket will depend on the specific ordinance or law that you are accused of violating. Most traffic violations range from petty (violations of Chicago or DuPage County traffic ordinances) to misdemeanor (violations of misdemeanors under Illinois state law). In the most extreme cases, a traffic violation can be a felony offense.
Petty Traffic Violations
Petty offenses, or violations of a Chicago or DuPage County traffic law, will generally result in the imposition of fines. Petty traffic violations include rolling through a stop sign, lane-change violations, and most speeding offenses. Penalties that may be imposed for a petty offense include:
- Fines of up to $1,000;
- Orders of supervision;
- Traffic school.
If you have a clean driving record the court may issue an order of supervision and require that you complete traffic school. Once you have complied with your supervision and completed traffic school the citation against you can be dismissed. This will keep a conviction off of your record. It is important to note that you will lose your license if you are convicted of three moving violations within a one year period.
Misdemeanor Traffic Violations
Misdemeanor traffic violations are more serious, generally because they pose an increased threat of danger. Misdemeanor traffic violations include driving on a suspended or expired license, reckless driving, and serious speeding offenses. Penalties for misdemeanor traffic violations can have serious and life-changing consequences, including:
- 12 months in a DuPage County jail and a fine of $2,500 for a Class A Misdemeanor;
- 6 months in a DuPage County jail and a fine of $1,500 for a Class B Misdemeanor; and
- 30 days in a DuPage County jail and a fine of $1,000 for a Class C Misdemeanor.
Again, if you are convicted of three moving violations within a one year period your Illinois driver’s license will be revoked by the Illinois Secretary of State. The state, which believes that driving is a privilege and not a right, will not hesitate to take your license away if you receive multiple traffic tickets.
Driving Under the Influence
In Chicago, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI) can have devastating consequences. The severity of the charges will depend on your blood alcohol level (BAC), prior DUI offenses, cooperation with law enforcement, and the degree of harm suffered by any victims. Consequences of a conviction for driving under the influence include:
- Revocation of your driver’s license;
- Fines of up to $25,000;
- Traffic school;
- Community service;
- Probation; and
- Imprisonment in a DuPage County jail or Illinois state prison.
Chicago Traffic Ticket Defense Attorneys
Have you been issued a traffic ticket in Chicago? If so, contact the Kostopoulos Law Group today to learn about how we can help to minimize the consequences of your traffic citations. We have more than 30 years of combined legal experience and have helped clients fight traffic tickets for:
- Driving without insurance;
- Driving on an expired or suspended license;
- Expired registration;
- Seat belt violations;
- Running a stop sign or traffic signal;
- Driving with a broken headlight or taillight;
- Failing to yield;
- Illegal lane change;
- Reckless driving;
- Driving under the influence (DUI), and more.
In addition to the loss of your license, expensive fines, and possible time behind bars, convictions for traffic violations will also impose financial hardships. Insurance premiums will likely rise and you can even lose your insurance coverage altogether. You can increase the chances of avoiding these consequences by hiring our legal team. Contact the Chicago traffic ticket defense attorneys at the Kostopoulos Law Group today to learn more.