Although it seems like a relatively minor crime, a traffic violation can have undesirable and concerning impacts on your life. While a traffic violation generally results in a fine to be paid, an accumulation of convictions can lead to more drastic consequences. From the loss of your license to criminal liability, traffic violations can have unanticipated consequences that can leave you wondering how such minor crimes lead to such a substantial detriment to your life.
We at the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus represent individuals facing traffic violations – from a speeding violation to driving under the influence (DUI) and more severe traffic-related offenses. Call today for more information.
Challenging Traffic Violations
No matter what traffic citation you received, always discuss your options with a defense attorney before paying a fine or heading to court alone. Some common traffic citations we defend against include:
- Speeding Violations
- Seat Belt Violations
- Moving Violations
- Illegal U-Turns
- Running Red Lights
- Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign
- Failure to Signal Before Turning
- Reckless Driving
- Cell Phone Violations
Most of these are infractions, which means the only available penalty is a fine. However, some traffic offenses, such as reckless driving, are criminal offenses that can mean up to one year in jail. Having the right defense is critical.
Due to the fact that minor traffic violations can ultimately add up to impose restrictions or the revocation of your driver’s license, drive up your car insurance premiums, and furthermore, can result in penalties that limit your freedom to drive, they are not a matter to be taken lightly. That is why having the right defense representation is so important.
Some people think that paying a fine is the easiest way to handle a traffic ticket, but they do not realize that this is the equivalent of a guilty plea. The offense will go on your driving record and can contribute to a license suspension in the future. Often, with the help of the right criminal defense attorney, you can end up having the citation reduced to one that does not add points to your license.
One thing you should never do is ignore a traffic citation. If you fail to pay the fine and do not appear at your traffic court date, the judge can issue a bench warrant for your arrest. You might also face a failure to appear charge, which can make the situation significantly worse. Do not risk this – instead, contact a lawyer about your options as soon as possible.
Speak with an Illinois Traffic Defense Attorney Right Away
At the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus, we have represented people in their efforts to challenge traffic citations or reduce the penalties associated with receiving them. Our dedicated team of lawyers will help ensure you are not unfairly punished or improperly charged with a traffic violation. Contact us on our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our firm’s qualified and experienced attorneys.