Rolling Meadows Traffic Violation Lawyers
If you get pulled over and receive a traffic ticket under the Illinois Vehicle Code in the town of Rolling Meadows, you may wish to hire a Rolling Meadows Traffic Violations Lawyer.
However, it is not just tickets from Rolling Meadows Police Officers that go to the Rolling Meadows Courthouse. If you get pulled over in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Palatine, Rosemont, Schaumburg, Schiller Park, and any of the other town in Cook County that surround Rolling Meadows, you case will be heard in the Rolling Meadows Courthouse.
All of those towns send their tickets to the Rolling Meadows courthouse in Cook County, which is known as District Three.
The Illinois State Police and the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department and send their tickets there. So, if you are pulled over on Interstate 90 near Woodfield Mall or the Elgin-O’Hare Expressway or anywhere else on an expressway within District Three of Cook County, your ticket will be sent to Rolling Meadows Courthouse.
In the Rolling Meadows Courthouse there are ten courtrooms on the first floor and ten on the second floor. About eight of the courtrooms are dedicated just for traffic and other driving-related tickets. Since a large number of the tickets issued are speeding tickets, it is important for Illinois drivers to understand that there are actually three types of speeding tickets in Illinois.
Speeding Tickets in Rolling Meadows Courthouse
The first and the least serious of the three is when you are cited for speeding between 1 and 25 miles over the speed limit. This is called a petty offense and is only a traffic ticket, not a criminal offense. It is not possible to go to jail for this offense. The worst possible outcome is a conviction on your record and a $1,000 fine, plus court costs. Depending on your driving record overall, this could cause your license to be suspended and your insurance rates to increase. If you were to ignore this type of ticket and not go to court and not mail it in, that would be reported to the Illinois Secretary of State and eventually your license would be suspended.
Class B Misdemeanor Speeding in Rolling Meadows Courthouse
The second type of speeding ticket is called a Class B misdemeanor. This is when a driver is cited for going between 26 and 34 miles over the speed limit. This is categorized as a criminal offense and carries a maximum penalty of up to six months in jail in a $1,500 fine, plus court costs.
Class A Misdemeanor Speeding in Rolling Meadows Courthouse
The third and most serious type of speeding ticket in Illinois is when you are cited for going 35 or more miles per hour over the speed limit. This is a Class A misdemeanor and the maximum penalty for this is up to 365 days in jail and a $2,500 fine plus court costs.
Most people do not realize that any speeding ticket for going greater than 25 mph over the speed limit is a criminal offense. These are often called “aggravated speeding” or “misdemeanor speeding.”
As you can imagine, many of these tickets are written everyday within Cook County. This is especially true in District Three because of the large expressways that run through it. Imagine you are heading west from Chicago to Rockford along Interstate 90. This is a large multiple lane highway and it is not unusual for people to be going 95 miles per hour. In some areas the expressway, the speed limit is 70 miles an hour. If you are caught going 95 miles per hour in the 70 mile per hour zone, you will be cited with a petty speeding offense.
However, in other areas, the speed limit drops down to 55 miles per hour. If you’re doing 95 mph in one of those areas, you will be cited with a Class A misdemeanor criminal speeding ticket. You may even be arrested. As you can see, there was a very big difference between these tickets. No matter which type of speeding to you have, you may want to consider hiring a Rolling Meadows Traffic Violations Lawyer to defend you.
This is especially true if you’re a charged with a misdemeanor speeding ticket. In those cases, you will likely be required to have an attorney, since technically your freedom is at stake.
Traffic Violations in Rolling Meadows Courthouse
But it is not just speeding tickets that go to Rolling Meadows Courthouse. If you are involved in an accident, run a red light, blow a stop sign, get caught using a cell phone while driving, or any other type of traffic violation, you will have court in Rolling Meadows.
Now there are some circumstances where you may be able to mail in your ticket and avoid having to go to court. This may or may not be a good option for you, depending on your circumstances. It is a good idea to have a free consultation with a Rolling Meadows Traffic Violations Lawyer to hear their recommendation.
The as you can see, it is not just residents and drivers in Rolling Meadows that may go to that courthouse. If you received a traffic citation in the Northwest suburbs of Cook County, it is likely that your ticket will be sent to Rolling Meadows. If you wish to fight your ticket in court or your ticket is marked “Court Appearance Required” then Rolling Meadows Courthouse is where you will likely be going.
Hiring a Rolling Meadows Traffic Violations Lawyer
We have some recommendations when deciding to hire a Rolling Meadows Traffic Violations Lawyer to defend your ticket:
Hire a lawyer that defends many traffic tickets.
Nearly any lawyer can go to court and handle a traffic ticket. But not just any lawyer can effectively achieve the best outcome possible for you.
You want a lawyer that knows the Illinois driving laws, understands the impacts upon your driving record and insurance, and has a wealth of experience handling cases just like yours.
Hire a lawyer that is in Rolling Meadows often.
There are seven traffic courthouses in Cook County. Each one has their own way of doing things. You want a lawyer that practices in Rolling Meadows nearly every day, so you can be sure they know the court procedures, the prosecutors, and the judges. That may help your case tremendously.
Hire a lawyer that will represent you for a flat fee.
We can tell you from experience that it is not always possible to resolve your ticket on the first court date. It is very common to have multiple court dates in Rolling Meadows Courthouse. Many lawyers know this and charge the client per court date. This can cause the lawyer’s fee to get very high.
At Driver Defense Team, we charge just one flat fee to represent you. It does not matter how many court dates are required. We will return to court as many times as necessary to achieve the best outcome possible.
Hire a lawyer with good client reviews.
Lawyers love to tell you that they are the best, most aggressive attorney ever and they will get you the outcome you want. This is often fluff. They are just trying to sign you up.
Fortunately, these days there are online reviews. When a lawyer defends many cases for many clients, some of them are going to review their lawyer online. We recommend reading through them to get a sense of the type of work the lawyer does and the level of service they provide.