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IL DUI LawyerEvery single year thousands of Illinoisans are arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Due to the sheer number of annual drunk driving accidents as well as the recent legalization of recreational marijuana, law enforcement officials are increasingly on the lookout for signs of inebriated driving. While most people that a DUI charge will automatically result in a conviction, the truth of the matter is that a skilled defense attorney can be invaluable in helping you avoid a conviction. If you are facing DUI charges, it is time to speak with a criminal defense attorney you can believe in.

Improper Traffic Stops

In order to be pulled over for a DUI traffic stop, a law enforcement official must spot an initial traffic violation. If a police officer pulls you over while you were in full compliance with traffic ordinances, the evidence gained after the stop may be deemed inadmissible in court. A skilled attorney will investigate the traffic stop through witness testimony and surveillance footage to deem if the actions of the officer match up with the events leading up to the stop.

False Signs of Inebriation

In some instances, a police officer will misidentify signs of inebriation. For example, red or puffy eyes could be seen as a sign of intoxication, but could actually be due to a medical condition or allergic reaction. The same notion applies to slurred speech and other motor skill challenges, the defendant may be facing due to a medical condition. Recounting every step of the arrest process to your attorney is critically important in helping them build a strong defense case. If you have any medical conditions that may have represented false signs of intoxication, let your attorney know immediately.

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IL defense attorneyEvery year thousands of Illinoisans suffer severe injuries in motor vehicle collisions. Unfortunately, many of these collisions are caused by the negligent actions of a driver. Because of this, law enforcement officials throughout the state are constantly on the lookout for signs of negligent or careless driving. In the state of Illinois, a reckless driving charge can come with serious legal ramifications. If you have been charged with reckless driving, it is time to speak with a knowledgeable legal professional.

What Is Reckless Driving?

Illinois’ reckless driving law is defined under the Illinois Vehicle Code, in statute 625 ILCS 5/11-503. The statute states that reckless driving is the act of willfully disregarding the safety of other travelers. The most common examples of reckless driving in the state of Illinois, including driving over 35 mph over the legal speed limit, recklessly swerving from lane to lane without signaling, and using an incline to become airborne on a roadway. The consequences of a violation of this magnitude should not be understated.

The Legal Consequences

In the state of Illinois, the safety of all travelers is taken incredibly seriously, thus it should come as no surprise that the legal ramifications of a reckless driving conviction can be severe. If convicted a driver will face Class A Misdemeanor charges, possible fines, points against your license, and potentially massive increases on your insurance premiums. It should be noted that if a person is seriously injured due to a driver’s reckless driving, the charges will be elevated from a Misdemeanor to Class 4 Felony charges. While a reckless driving charge will not lead to an immediate license suspension, your license can be suspended if you have two previous violations on your record.

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IL defense lawyerIn the state of Illinois, law enforcement officials are always on the lookout for drivers failing to adhere to the state’s driving laws. People are pulled over every day for minor offenses such as failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or driving over the speed limit. In the vast majority of instances, the driver will only receive a ticket for a violation and amass points against their driving record. While three minor traffic violations in one year can result in a license suspension, there are some offenses that come with more significant ramifications. A reckless driving charge is one of the most serious violations in Illinois.

What is Reckless Driving?

Illinois law defines reckless driving as the operation of a vehicle with willful disregard for safety and property. The most common forms of reckless driving include driving at speeds of 25 miles per hour or more over the legal speed limit, aggressively tailgating other drivers, illegally passing vehicles, and disregarding traffic signs. Drivers can also be charged with reckless driving if they attempt to use an incline in the roadway to cause the vehicle to become airborne. It should be noted that there are a number of factors that will ultimately dictate whether a driver is likely to be charged with reckless driving. These factors include the time of day, the driver’s intent, weather conditions, and the presence of other vehicles.

The Consequences of Reckless Driving

In Illinois, reckless driving can come with significant legal consequences. If a driver is charged with reckless driving, they will face a Class A misdemeanor, up to one year in jail, and fines as high as $2,500. Outside of the fine and jail time, a conviction of this magnitude can impact your ability to secure employment opportunities, and result in rises in your motor vehicle insurance payments. There are also a number of factors that can lead to the charge being elevated to a felony charge. Most notably, if your reckless driving results in bodily harm to a child or a school crossing guard, the charge will be elevated to a Class 4 felony. In these instances, you can be fined as much as $25,000 and face one to three years in prison.

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