Mount Pleasant, IA asked in Traffic Tickets for Illinois

Q: What should I do when I got a speeding ticket for 87 in a 55 in Illinois?

My speedometer was broke and I was in a rush to get back for a class on campus. I have no previous interactions with the law. I know its a class B Misdemeanor but what does that mean in terms of my license? I am an EMT and need my license to drive.

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Brandon K. Davis
Brandon K. Davis
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Northfield, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: As you seem to be aware, aggravated speeding 26-34 mph over the limit is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,500.00 fine (maximum). As a criminal offense, the priority is keeping this off of your public record - especially considering your occupation. The offense alone, even if convicted, will not cause a driver's license suspension since it is your first moving violation. An attorney can certainly assist and help ensure the best possible result.

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

A: What should I do? You should hire an attorney to assist you with this matter right away. As you mention, this is a Class B Misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,500.00 in fines not including mandatory assessments. As for your license, this ticket alone will not suspend your license but could in combination with other prior tickets. The sooner you hire an attorney, the better. That attorney, at the very least, will attempt to have this criminal offense ticket amended to a Petty Offense, but that attorney will need time to work on your case, so hire one now.

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