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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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Cook County traffic violation attorneyWhen you are driving, the last thing you want to see is red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror. Being stopped for a traffic violation is no fun for anyone, and depending on why you were stopped, you could be facing serious consequences. Your quick trip to the grocery store could end up being a long process of fighting a traffic ticket. You can get cited for multiple traffic-related offenses in Illinois, and if you do end up getting a traffic ticket, here are four things you should know:

1. There Are Different Types of Violations

In Illinois, traffic tickets can be one of two types: a moving violation or a non-moving violation. A moving violation occurs when a law is broken while you are driving your vehicle. Examples of moving violations include:

Non-moving violations typically involve parking or something wrong with your vehicle. Examples of non-moving violations include:

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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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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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Arlington Heights criminal defense attorneyUnder Illinois state law, there are numerous traffic violations. Disobey any one of them and you become at risk for a traffic violation. Unbeknownst to many, it is possible to fight most traffic violations, but is fighting you latest one really worth the trouble? The following information can help you decide.

Did You Actually Violate the Law?

Interestingly, most police officers do not actually know the exact wording of the law. As such, they may write you a ticket for a violation that you did not actually commit. This does not necessarily mean that you did not violate the law; it really only means that the exact wording of the violation does not quite encompass your behavior. If, for example, you were ticketed because you slowed but did not fully stop at a stop sign, you may be able to contest the ticket if no other vehicles were at the intersection.

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