Chicago, IL asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Illinois

Q: What do i do for a speeding misdemeanor in IL. During the day, blocks prior were 40 & 50. I was 51 in a 25 for a block

I was pulled over in a 25 going 51 in IL.

(It was 40 a block prior & 50 a block prior to that) i had just been following the speed of the carbefore me on the 40 & 50 roads)

The police officer was infront of me when he put his lights on - is that normal?

My 2 kids 7 & 4 were in the car, ive never been in the area. 4yo needed to go potty and i was explaining why it wasnt spring to my 7yo. No excuse i should have paid more attention.

The officer notified me that i should be arrested and he should take the 3 of us to the station and tow my car which would be a $700 charge. But instead even though i was still technically arrested he would have me sign something and i would go to court.

Im fairly certain the only ticket on my record is for expiration of my liscence plates.

Ive only gotten 1 speeding ticket and it was deleted or something of that sort.

I have to go to court via Zoom - please help! My anxiety is through the roof - and im homeschooling (not a great combo)

Tha

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Theodore J. Harvatin
Theodore J. Harvatin
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Springfield, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Not beyond the realm of possibility that a lawyer could get the state to reduce it to 25 over (not a misdemeanor) and supervision.

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

A: What do you do? You hire a Criminal Defense Attorney to assist you with this matter right away. That attorney will attempt to have the ticket amended to a Petty Offense, but they will need time to work on the case. BTW, it does not matter what the speed limit was in prior blocks, it only matters what the posted speed limit is on the block you were on.

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

A: You were correct. The citation is a misdemeanor. However, the prosecution may elect to reduce to a petty offense if you have a good driving history. It would be best if you retained an attorney.

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