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IL defense lawyerDuring a recent four-year period, there were more than 4,500 motor vehicle crashes in Illinois roadway work zones, with nearly 1,100 injuries and 27 deaths. With those unfortunate statistics, you can see why the State of Illinois and law enforcement take construction zone traffic violations so seriously.

Getting pulled over for excessive speed or texting on your phone in a work zone can prove costly, and put your driving privileges in jeopardy if you have previous infractions on your driving record. Here is a look at what you could face if convicted of a work zone speed limit or phone violation:

Speeding in Illinois Construction Zones

Many drivers incorrectly believe construction zone speed limits only apply if workers are present. The truth is, motorists account for 90 percent of all work zone fatalities, and these limits are primarily posted for the safety of drivers and passengers, typically due to narrow lanes, lane reductions, and edge drop-offs. Traveling at a slower speed gives a driver more time to adjust to these conditions.

Construction zone speed limit signs can be identified by the orange “WORK ZONE” tag atop the standard black-and-white sign. Flashing lights are not required on these signs in Illinois.

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Wheaton aggravated speeding lawyersSpeeding, in general, can result in serious criminal consequences upon conviction. Aggravated speeding – a heightened charge – can result in even greater penalties, especially if one has had any previous convictions. If you or someone you love is facing aggravated speeding charges in Illinois, the following information can help you better understand the potential consequences. You shall also learn what an experienced attorney may be able to do for you.

Speeding versus Aggravated Speeding

While minor speeding violations are not typically considered a criminal offense, aggravated speeding offenses are. It is this basic truth that creates most of the differences between speeding and aggravated speeding exist. For example, speeding does not typically result in jail time for the defendant but being convicted of aggravated speeding could. Some other possible differences to be aware of include possible jail time and elevated fees and fines. Individuals who plead guilty to or are convicted of aggravated speeding will also receive a misdemeanor conviction on their permanent criminal record. Sadly, this can affect everything from your ability to find a job to the amount you pay each month for automobile insurance.

Consulting an Experienced Attorney Can Help

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DuPage County criminal law attorneys, traffic violationsA common way for police to begin a conversation with a suspect is by asking if the suspect knows he or she did something wrong. While some people might think that this is just an officer’s way of breaking the ice, it could be that the police officer is trying to get you to make an inculpatory statement about a traffic violation or a more serious crime.

An inculpatory statement is a statement that acknowledges that a person did something illegal. For example, an officer could be trying to get you to admit to speeding or running a red light.

In this situation, people think that if they admit to something then the officer will let them go. This rarely happens.

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DuPage County speeding ticket attorneys, speeding, traffic offenseThrill seekers and lead foot drivers beware: Excessive speeding can land you in jail. Under Illinois law, if you are going at least 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, you could face jail time.

The excessive speeding laws in Illinois provide:

  • Going more than 26-35 mph over the speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by 180 days in jail and/or up to a $1,500 fine.
  • Going more than 35 mph over the speed limit is a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 365 days in jail and/or up to a $2,500 fine.

The laws on this issue were updated in 2014, so if you have received a speeding ticket beforehand, different rules may apply.

No Supervision Available for Excessive Speeding

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