When we talk about Downers Grove Traffic Violation Lawyers, we are really talking about two things.
Traffic Violations by Downers Grove Police Officers
First, we’re talking about tickets that are actually issued by the Downers Grove Police Department. This might be a speeding ticket on Ogden Avenue or running a red light on Main Street. It may happen to anyone who lives in Downers Grove or is just passing through. Usually these are petty traffic violations.
These traffic tickets are usually prosecuted by the Downers Grove Village Prosecutor. This is a private attorney that is hired by the city to prosecute the traffic tickets written by their police officers.
Petty tickets are traffic violations that are punishable by a fine only. The maximum fine for these offenses is $1,000 plus court costs. If you have too many convictions on your record, your license can be suspended. Also, if you ignore these tickets by failing to appear in court or failing to pay them, they can cause your driver’s license to be suspended.
Traffic Violations Heard in Downers Grove Field Court
The second thing we’re referring to when it comes to Downers Grove Traffic Violations is tickets that are actually heard in the Downers Grove courthouse. This is the DuPage County Field Court that is located at 4000 Saratoga Avenue in Downers Grove.
There are a number of tickets that are heard here including neighboring towns in DuPage County such as Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Hinsdale, Lemont, Lisle, Oakbrook Terrace, Westmont, Willowbrook, and Woodridge.
Misdemeanor Traffic Tickets in Downers Grove
It is possible to commit a criminal offense while driving. Some of the most common ones are aggravated speeding, driving while your license is suspended, and reckless driving or drag racing. These tickets may be issued by the local police officers or the Illinois State Police.
Aggravated Speeding is ticket that is commonly heard in Downers Grove Field Court. This is because two major highways, I-88 and I-355, both pass through the area that encompasses Downers Grove Field Court.
Aggravated Speeding in Downers Grove
If you receive a speeding ticket for going 25 or more miles over the speed limit, you are charged with a criminal offense. This is fairly easy to do on the expressway where the speed limit may only be 55 mph, but traffic is often going 85 mph.
Speeding 26-34 mph over the speed limit is Class B Misdemeanor criminal offense. It is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,500 fine.
Speeding 35 mph or more over the speed limit is a Class A Misdemeanor criminal offense. It is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Whether it is issued by an Illinois State Police trooper or a local police officer, these tickets are common in the Downers Grove Field Court.
It is almost always required by the judge that you hire an attorney to represent you on an aggravated speeding ticket. This is because these tickets carry a potential jail sentence and your freedom is at stake. Even if you’re not going to jail for an aggravated speeding ticket, it still has the potential to negatively impact your driving record and cause you to have a criminal record. This is something a skilled traffic defense lawyer can often avoid.
Hiring A Downers Grove Traffic Violation Lawyer
It is important that the traffic violation lawyer you hire has three things – experience with your type of ticket, experience in Downers Grove, and a flat fee.
Many lawyers can handle a traffic ticket, but few lawyers can effectively defend your ticket to achieve the best possible outcome. This is a skill that can only be acquired with experience. At Driver Defense Team, we defend thousands of traffic tickets each year, so you can bet we have been in situations like yours before and were able to get a great outcome.
Downers Grove Field Court is a unique place. The court has its own procedures and rules. Also, the prosecutors and judges in Downers Grove are there every day and are more familiar with the lawyers that practice there regularly. Driver Defense Team lawyers are in Downers Grove multiple times each week and have the familiarity and understanding necessary to help you.
Speaking from experience, it is very possible – perhaps even likely – that your traffic violation ticket will require multiple court dates in Downers Grove. For this reason, we charge one flat fee to represent you, no matter how many court dates are required. We find this to be a fair and honest way of charging our clients. The lawyers are Driver Defense Team will only continue your case if it the best thing for you and will attend future court dates at no additional charge.
If you have a traffic violation from a Downers Grove Police Officer or simply have traffic court in Downers Grove, Illinois, contact an attorney at our office at (312) 940-8330 for a free consultation where we will understand your situation, discuss how we can help, and quote you one flat price to represent you.