DuPage County Attorneys for Distracted Driving Defense
Lawyers for Cell Phone and Electronic Device Violations in Northern Illinois
Not very long ago, a car phone was considered a luxury, and, in many cases, a kind of novelty. Today, many drivers cannot imagine getting behind the wheel without their cell phone or other communication device nearby. As times have changed and technology has advanced, municipal and state laws have been forced to evolve to help maintain roadway safety. As such, statutes regarding the use of cell phones for voice conversations and text messaging while driving have become stricter than ever. If you have been cited by law enforcement for the use of an electronic device in your vehicle, the team at the Davi Law Group is prepared to help you.
Complete Ban on Texting and Driving
No matter how old you are or how much driving experience you have, it is against the law for you to text while driving. Reading and sending emails, using smartphone apps, and other distracting uses of mobile device while operating a motor vehicle are also prohibited. The law does permit mobile devices to be used for other purposes such as GPS navigation or as a music player.
Cell Phone Restrictions
Under Illinois law, school bus drivers and drivers under the age of 19 may not use a cell phone in any way while driving. All cell phone use must be conducted while the vehicle is pulled off the road or, if stuck in stand-still traffic, is in neutral or park. Drivers who are 19 and older are permitted to use a cell phone while driving for voice conversations, but must employ the use of a hands-free device. Hands-free devices include both wired and Bluetooth headsets, as well as integrated car audio systems.
Any electronic device violation is considered a primary offense, which means law enforcement can pull you over specifically for using your cell phone illegally. A first-time offender faces fines of up $75, $100 for a second offense, $125 for a third, and $150 for a fourth or subsequent violation. Any offense after the first is also considered a moving violation, which can lead to points on your driver’s license and the eventual suspension of driving privileges.
Legal Counsel for Mobile Device Use While Driving
At the Davi Law Group, our attorneys understand how important it is to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. We also realize the potential impact that traffic violations can have on your life and on future opportunities. That is why we are committed to work hard to provide with you the quality legal representation you deserve no matter what citation you may have received. Our team understands the law and the legal system and will explore every possible opportunity to have your citation reduced or dismissed, depending on the circumstances of your case.
If you have been issued a ticket for cell phone use or texting while driving, contact our office today. Our experienced lawyers will review your situation and help you decide how to best move forward with your defense. Call 630-580-6373 to schedule a consultation at one of our four convenient office locations. We are proud to serve the needs of clients in DuPage, Kane, Cook, Will, and Kendall Counties.