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Minor Moving Violations and Tickets

To most attorneys a simple traffic ticket is “no big deal,” however, the law firm of Giovannini & Olshansky takes traffic tickets very seriously. Minor traffic citations like speeding, running red lights, ignoring stop signs, and unsafe lane changes can have more consequences than just the fine or penalty involved. Traffic stops are routinely used by the police to gather information of other crimes such a DUI and possession of illegal contraband. The fines and penalties are not the only consequence, your cost of automobile liability insurance may increase and you may be subject to suspension or revocation of your driving privileges making you unable to work or attend school.

Traffic fines are a significant resource for your local government to collect money. Police are often encouraged to write tickets for revenue reasons as opposed to a relationship of the offense to enforcing sensible safety concerns. Because of the number of tickets issued by officers there are often oversights in the issuance of traffic tickets. These oversights can be used to beat your ticket.

Just sending in your ticket with a plea of guilty and the fine amount indicated on your ticket is usually a very bad idea in Illinois. Most often that will lead to a conviction on your traffic record, points on your license, and be reported to your insurance company, making your cost of insurance increase, and also, depending on your prior traffic history, potentially suspending your driver’s license. There are alternatives to just pleading guilty and paying the fine. Sure, there are times when the accused should go ahead and pay the fine and move on, however, most of the time they should not. There are situations where a ticket can be beat on technical problems, with testimony at a trial, when the law doesn’t support the charge that the officer cited, or when it can be negotiated into something that does not give you points on your license and is not reported to your insurance.

It is always worth getting an opinion on how to proceed with a ticket. If cited for a charge you will have to balance the cost to fight the ticket against the possibility of hiring an attorney and winning. When you hire an attorney your case is often handled as soon as court begins as opposed to have to sit and wait around, sometimes for hours, until the court gets to your case. Compared to the attorneys’ fee that time of waiting around can have an impact on your day such as taking off work, not attending school, or having to hire people to watch your children.

Giovannini & Olshansky has had countless victories and gets results for offenses such as:
625 ILCS 5/11-601. Speeding.
625 ILCS 5/11-605. Speeding in a School Zone.
625 ILCS 5/11-605.1. Speeding in a Consultation Zone.
625 ILCS 5/11-709. Improper Lane Use.
625 ILCS 5/11-710. Following to Closely.
625 ILCS 5/11-802. Illegal U-Turn.
625 ILCS 5/11-804. Turn Signal Violation.
625 ILCS 5/11-1204. Stop Sign and Yield Violations.
625 ILCS 5/11-1303. Stopping, Standing, or Parking in Prohibited places.
625 ILCS 5/11-1414. Overtaking or Passing a School Bus.
625 ILCS 5/12-201. Head Lamps Required.
625 ILCS 5/12-503. Obstructed Windshield.
625 ILCS 5/12-603.1. Seat Belts Required.
625 ILCS 5/12-611. Sound Amplification System which can be heard outside vehicle 75 feet.
625 ILCS 5/3-707. Operations of Uninsured Vehicle.

If you have been cited for a traffic violation please call for a free consultation.

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