Danville, IL asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois

Q: Fleeing and eluding when the cop only turned his siren on first and I didn't know he was a cop because it was dark?

Illinois. He followed me dangerously close for about 3 minutes claiming his siren was on the whole time but my music was up. It was dark. I pulled over as soon as he turned his lights on. I thought someone was trying to run me off the road so I was scared and going fast. Quit looking at my speedometer, just watching the road and my rear view mirror but my speed was increasing. He wrote down that I was going 125 in a 55. I don't know if my car even goes that fast. I wasn't mirandized, simply arrested. He didn't let me explain what happened until after he had wrote the tickets. I got fleeing and eluding and reckless driving. If nothing changes I am under the impression my license could be suspended and I could even get jail time. Talked to other cops and they said they would never use the siren to pull someone over for a speeding ticket like that. I have no prior traffic tickets. Should I get a lawyer? What are the worst and best possible outcomes? Thanks in advance.

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John S. Fotopoulos
John S. Fotopoulos
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Orland Park, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: These citations are misdemeanors. You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible. There is a potential for serious consequences in this situation.

Juan Ooink agrees with this answer

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

A: Yes, you should hire a criminal defense attorney right away. You are facing multiple Class A Misdemeanors, which are punishable by up to 364 days in jail and up to $2,500.00 in fines not including mandatory assessments. The sooner you hire an attorney the better.

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