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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_340953965.jpgWhen an individual is charged with a crime or issued a traffic citation, he or she will most likely have to make a court appearance. It is important that defendants make those appearances to avoid exacerbating the situation with the addition of new penalties. Retaining a competent traffic ticket defense lawyer is a good way to help you keep those scheduled court appearance and steer clear of new charges.

Fine-Only Violations

Failing to appear in court after receiving a traffic citation can result in a hefty fine and possibly impact one’s ability to maintain their driving privileges. If a person ignores a ticket or skips a court date:

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_12763357.jpgMany drivers consider road construction a major inconvenience because it slows traffic and makes getting around much more difficult for them. However, it is important to drive with great care when entering and traveling through construction areas as penalties for speeding and other infractions in work zones are much more severe.

Know the Rules of the Road … That Are under Construction

Illinois added more severe penalties to construction zone traffic violations in response to an increase in accidents that resulted in injuries to and the deaths of construction workers. Drivers should be aware of the following to ensure they understand the all that construction zone driving requires.

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Illinois traffic ticket defense lawyerAs technology advances so do law enforcement techniques. In fact, many city, county, and federal officers have become tech savvy enough to navigate through Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites. Another major advancement is how they use equipment to track speeding drivers. More specifically, there are two basic technologies: Lidar and Radar. What are these techniques, and what might they mean for your case? The following explains.

Radar Technology

First used in law enforcement in 1954, radar is an older technology. It uses a short, high-intensity of high-frequency radio waves to track speed. It is rather accurate, but there are some serious limitations to this technology. First, the device shoots the waves in a cone-shaped structure, which can target the largest vehicle, the fastest vehicle, or the closest vehicle. In short, it can be difficult to discern which vehicle the device targeted, especially when using it in congested traffic areas.

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Arlington Heights CDL traffic violation defense attorneyWhile all drivers are held responsible for their actions and decisions, those who hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) are held to even higher standards. Further, the loss or suspension of a license can result in a loss of income. Learn how you can fight against a CDL traffic ticket, and why you should, every single time.

Disqualification as a CMV Driver

Under Illinois state law, CDL drivers are disqualified from operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) if they are convicted of two or more “serious traffic violations” within a three-year time-period. Suspensions can last anywhere from 60 days to 10 years, depending on the circumstances. It is also important to keep in mind that this applies, regardless of whether you were operating a commercial vehicle or non-commercial vehicle at the time of your ticket.

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