Cicero Criminal Speeding Attorneys
The Criminal Speeding Attorneys at Driver Defense Team defend many cases out of Cicero, Illinois. We can assist you with your criminal speeding charge and advise you on the best course of action to avoid your driver’s license from getting suspended, your insurance rates increasing, and keeping your criminal background clean.
When the Cicero Police Department issues you a criminal speeding ticket, your case is assigned to the Cook County Fourth District Courthouse in Maywood, Illinois. Most cases are set for 9 a.m. in courtrooms 101 or 102. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office will prosecute.
Criminal speeding tickets are classified as either a Class B or Class A misdemeanor. If you are ticketed for speeding 26-34 mph over the posted speed limit – that is a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a possible sentence of up to six (6) months in jail and a $1,500 fine.
If you are ticketed for speeding 35 mph and above the posted speed limit – that is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a possible sentence of up to one (1) year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. As Cicero Criminal Speeding Attorneys, we regular defend these types of cases and are familiar with the process, as well as the prosecutors that handle these cases.
Depending on your background and age, it is possible to receive a deferred prosecution from the State’s Attorney. It is an agreement reached with the state where your case will be dismissed upon condition you agree to complete a certain number of community service hours.
Deferred prosecution is the best possible resolution for your case. You avoid paying court costs, increased insurance rates and keep your criminal background clean – which allows you to avoid any negative consequences during your current job and future employment opportunities. This is an absolute necessity for drivers with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
If a CDL holder is found guilty of either a Class B or Class A misdemeanor, they will have their commercial driving privileges disqualified for a certain amount of time. Keep in mind, this will happen even if you receive court supervision on your criminal speeding charge. For non-CDL drivers, court supervision is not considered a conviction, meaning your driver’s license will not be suspended, and your insurance rates will not increase. However, for a CDL holder, your ticketed offense either needs to be dismissed by the state or amended to a non-moving violation.
In order for criminal speeding charges to be amended to a non-moving violation, the State’s Attorney must agree to amend it and the judge must approve the plea agreement. As Cicero Criminal Speeding Attorneys, that is where we come in. We have the experience and the knowledge to assist you in get the best possible offer and disposition under the circumstances.
If plea negotiations with the State’s Attorney fail, there is the option of doing a blind plea with the judge. This is a strategy where we plead your case directly to the judge and ask you receive leniency with either a deferred prosecution or court supervision. A final option would be to go to trial. This is always an available alternative to negotiating with the State, but in Criminal Speeding cases, going to trial should be used sparingly – most of these cases have some form of radar, which has captured the speed of the defendant’s vehicle. Going to trial is a good strategy if the Cicero police officer who issued you the citation has not appeared in court on any of your court dates, and if it appears the officer won’t be in court should the case be set for trial.
Contact Driver Defense Team Today
If you have a Criminal Speeding ticket, contact our office at (312) 940-8330 so we can assess your case and tailor a defense to your specific case. We have offices located in Downtown Chicago and Stone Park.