Chicago Traffic Ticket Attorney
Defense for Traffic Violations in IL
It is pretty common for individuals to get traffic tickets at least once in their lives. Whether you are an inexperienced teen driver or someone who has been behind the wheel for decades, you can easily be the next one to be pulled over on the side of the road and cited for a traffic violation. While some individuals are given tickets for minor violations, such as the failure to use a turn signal, others can end up facing allegations of more serious traffic offenses such as reckless driving. (Reckless driving is a misdemeanor crime that can even be bumped up to a felony in some cases.) Whatever your alleged traffic violation is, you can depend on my criminal defense firm—the Law Offices of Mitch Furman—for help fighting your ticket or your criminal traffic offense charges. I am a knowledgeable Chicago criminal defense attorney who has more than a decade of legal experience!
Types of Traffic Violations That My Firm Can Handle
- Commercial Overweight Violation
- CDL Violation
- Driving below the minimum speed limit
- Driving too close to a bicyclist or pedestrian
- Driving without insurance
- Drag racing
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Improper turn
- Improperly passing another vehicle
- Reckless Driving
- Squealing or screeching tires
- Tailgating (following another vehicle too closely)
What Happens if You Miss Traffic Court in Chicago?
If you miss your traffic court in Chicago, the hearing officer may lead to a default judgment against you, which means that you automatically lose your hearing because you did not show up. The city will mail you when it occurs. If you receive a default judgment, you have 21 days from the date to file a motion to set aside default. If you file a motion to set aside default, you are asking the court to have a hearing even though you missed your first hearing but you must have a good reason for why you missed it.
How Do I Reschedule My Court Date in Illinois?
You can reschedule your court date in Illinois by getting a judge's permission, you can accomplish this by filing a motion. The motion asks the judge to reschedule a court date. If the new court date is after the current one, it is called a continuance. It is rare for the judge to allow you a motion to continue without you having to appear in person.
Why hire a defense lawyer?
Because traffic tickets are so common, many people underestimate the importance of fighting their tickets or charges. In addition to expensive fines, a finding of guilty for a traffic offense can also cause damage to a person's driving record. Each traffic offense will result in a certain number of points being added to the driver's record. If enough points are accumulated, the driver can then suffer from a driver's license suspension or revocation. This can be particularly devastating to commercial drivers who need to be able to drive in order to earn a living. Traffic offenses can also lead to increases in insurance premiums.
If you have received a traffic ticket or have been charged with a traffic-related crime, take immediate action and secure the right legal representation.
Contact my firm today!