Skokie Traffic Violation Lawyers
There are many opportunities for police officers to issue you tickets for traffic violations in Skokie. McCormick, 94 and Skokie Boulevard are all closely watched for speeding and reckless driving. Many of the cross-streets going to Evanston and Chicago are also frequently patrolled, especially late at night and while school traffic is heavy. While we all want safer roads in our communities, overzealous enforcement could land you with a citation that you do not deserve. In that case, we are here to help defend your rights.
How Do You Pay Skokie Traffic Tickets?
Paying off a ticket may not be the best option, especially in the long term. While it is possible to pay tickets, and while it may seem easier to do so, this action could result in lasting consequences. Even if you were nearing the 21-day deadline for paying your ticket, you may want to discuss the issue with an attorney before you move forward.
One of the things you should consider is whether you will receive points for your traffic violation. Every infraction, including speeding, failure to obey a stop sign and reckless driving, all have an associated point total. You could have your Illinois driver’s license suspended if you accrue a certain total over a 12-month period. Even if your initial suspension is only for a few months, keep in mind that you may face longer suspensions for other tickets you get for the next seven years after your first one.
Where Is Skokie Traffic Court?
Skokie is part of the second municipal district of Cook County. The Skokie courthouse is located at 5600 Old Orchard Road. Your appearance would be in courtroom 101, 102, 103 or 104 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m., depending on the schedule for that day. The 2nd District is relatively large, serving the entire north shore up to Glencoe, as far west as Des Plaines. The rooms are in limited supply, so Skokie cases will only occur on certain dates. You can find a current schedule posted in room 219. An attorney would likely have this information on hand as well.
How Do You Fight a Ticket?
Not all traffic tickets in Cook County are the same. For example, aggravated speeding in Illinois is a class A or class B misdemeanor, based on the clocked speed in your citation. Convictions could result in jail time. Some offenses, such as speeding in a construction zone or illegally passing a school bus, could have different penalties than general speeding citations, such as high minimum fines or automatic suspensions. You would want to make your defense priorities based on the offense of which you are accused.
Contesting a traffic ticket could keep your criminal record clear or save you from more stringent consequences in the future. Let our driver defense team attorneys guide you through the process. Call us at (312) 940-8330 to discuss your options today.