Morton Grove, IL asked in Traffic Tickets and Criminal Law for Illinois

Q: How long will my license be suspended? How can I avoid jail time and public record ?

I’m only 18 and I got a ticket for disobeying a stop sign dec 28 2018. I got another way a couple days ago For the same reason. I paid the first one off. Than I got a ticket for speeding 26 Mph -34 mph. The officer did not arrest me but made me sign some papers . I think it’s a individual bond. It says 1500$ on it.

I WILL NOT BE HAVING AN ATTORNEY SO PLEASE GIVE ME SOME TIPS AND TRICKS

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James G. Dimeas

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Schaumburg, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Driving 26 to 34 over the speed limit is a Class B Misdemeanor in Illinois which carries a possible jail sentence of up to 6 months. Since it's an actual crime that carries a possible jail sentence, you will have a lawyer. If you can't afford one a Public Defender will be appointed for you.

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David J. Winer

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Waukegan, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Given your age and the amount of tickets the only tip I can offer is to contact a lawyer. FYI, for drivers under 21 years old two convictions in 24 months will lead to a suspension. The length of the suspension is determined on the type and severity of the tickets on your record. Also, the speeding charge is a Class B misdemeanor with more severe penalties that a petty speeding charge Get lawyer or be prepared to get suspended license for an unknown amount of time.

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William Wolf

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: There are countries where people are forced to represent themselves, tried in kangaroo courts, summarily found guilty and punished.

The Founding Fathers of our Constitution put the Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel language in our Constitution because they realized some petty politician in the future would try to take lawyers away from the unpopular accused if given the chance to do so.

Get a lawyer. Don't take your freedom for granted. Don't take your right to counsel away from yourself.

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Juan Ooink

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: You need to hire an attorney to assist you with this new traffic matter because it is considered a criminal offense and not only will you lose your license, but if you are convicted, it will cause you issues with education, employment, housing and financing for the rest of your life. This is not something that you want to mess with on your own. You or your parents need to hire an attorney right away. The Judge will ask you if you have hired an attorney and if you have note, will likely tell you to come back with an attorney, so the sooner you hire an attorney the better.

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