Cicero Traffic Violation Attorneys
Knowing the Difference Between “Petty” and “Aggravated” Traffic Violations in Cicero
When you’re running late to catch your flight out of Chicago Midway International Airport, there’s a good chance you’re speeding down Cicero Avenue. If you are, the last thing you want is to be pulled over by the police.
Not only could you be charged with speeding, but also a seat belt violation or no insurance, which are all considered “petty violations.” A petty speeding ticket is for 1-25 MPH above the limit and involves a fine of up to $140, along with court costs.
If you’re caught driving on a suspended or revoked license, which are considered “aggravated violations,” those are criminal offenses and often result in arrest and ongoing criminal cases. You might assume these charges are straight-forward, but in fact, your case can get complicated very quickly and you’ll need the help of Driver Defense Team.
There Are Two Types of Aggravated Speeding Tickets
- An aggravated speeding ticket for 26-34 MPH above the speed limit is classified as a Class B misdemeanor offense. It carries a penalty of up to six (6) months in jail and a maximum of $1,500 in fines and court costs.
- An aggravated speeding ticket for 35 MPH above the speed limit is classified as a Class A misdemeanor offense. It carries a penalty of up to one (1) year in jail and a maximum of $2,500 in fines and court costs.
Aggravated speeding is a criminal offense and carries a potential sentence of jail time. Many judges will require you to have an attorney represent you. In addition, if you are convicted, your insurance company may increase your rates, which is another reason to retain quality criminal justice attorneys.
Getting the right attorney will help you avoid receiving multiple traffic convictions and allow you to keep your Illinois driver’s license. Drivers who obtain three traffic ticket convictions within a 12-month time frame will have their driver’s license suspended. The same penalty applies to a driver under the age of 21 who receives two traffic tickets convictions within a 24-month time frame.
Sometimes, a single traffic violation – such as illegally passing a school bus, or a criminal offense – such as driving under the influence (DUI), may result in an automatic license suspension or revocation.
Our experienced traffic attorneys at Driver Defense Team will be able to quickly and easily answer your questions, discuss your case and explore possible strategies. If you have been issued a traffic violation in Cicero, contact one of the attorneys at DDT Law Group, LLC today at (312) 940-8330.