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Arlington Heights reckless driving defense lawyer

Traffic violations are not uncommon. Millions of people each year are issued citations and tickets for breaking traffic laws. Most of the time, these tickets just require the driver to pay a specified fine. In some cases, the driver may have to appear in traffic court to settle the issue. In other cases, a police officer might perform an arrest at a traffic stop if he or she believes the offense was serious enough. One such charge that warrants an arrest in the majority of cases is reckless driving, which is considered a misdemeanor charge in Illinois. But what exactly does the offense of reckless driving mean? 

Examples of Reckless Driving

According to the Illinois Vehicle Code, reckless driving occurs when a person does one of the following actions:

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Arlington Heights speeding defense lawyerMost drivers will admit to having sped at least once or twice in their lives. Unfortunately, speeding can increase the risk and severity of an accident, and it can lead to harsh penalties. Furthermore, Illinois has some of the most serious penalties in the nation for speeding, particularly for those that exceed the speed limit by at least 20 miles per hour. Learn more about the consequences of speeding, including how to protect yourself from them.

Low-Level Speeding Violations

If you are caught driving over the speed limit, but your speed did not exceed 25 miles per hour at the time of the infraction, you may receive a ticket for a “low-level speeding” violation. At first glance, this might not seem like such a big deal, but some consequences should be considered. On top of the fine that may be owed, you could also experience a hike in your insurance premiums. In fact, one analysis determined the insurance premium increase after a speeding ticket can cost Illinois drivers as much as an extra $900 over the course of five years.

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Arlington Heights traffic violation defense lawyerMost people associate traffic violations with consequences like monetary fines and heightened insurance premiums. Of course, all of these penalties are possible. However, there are other, heavier consequences that most people fail to consider. Believe it or not, you can be arrested for a traffic violation. More than that, you could face criminal charges that have the potential to significantly and negatively affect your overall quality of life. If you have been arrested for a traffic violation, know the potential consequences and how you can best protect yourself from them.

Driving Under the Influence

As probably the most commonly experienced traffic violation that leads to criminal charges, driving under the influence violations (DUIs) can have a serious impact on your life. Even on a first offense, convicted DUI drivers lose their license for a year. They also receive a misdemeanor charge on their criminal record, which can somewhat limit their ability to find and/or retain gainful employment. If you are being charged with a DUI, protect your license and contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer.

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