Facing Criminal Traffic Charges? Chicago Criminal Traffic Violations Attorney Andrew M. Weisberg
If you would like to reach Mr. Weisberg quickly and directly, please call his cell phone 24/7 at(773) 908-9811. The consultation is free.
While some traffic violations are minor and involve no injury to a person or damage to property, more serious traffic accidents can result in thousands of dollars in damages, permanent disabilities and, in the worst cases, death.
Traffic Accidents in Illinois
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, in 2008, there were over 408,000 traffic accidents on public roadways in the state of Illinois. While these crashes caused more than 94,000 injuries, they also resulted in 1,043 deaths. About 44 percent of driver fatalities were alcohol related accidents. In total, the economic cost of all traffic accidents in Illinois during 2008 has been estimated to be around $6.2 billion.
Traffic accidents that are caused by a driver’s negligence or recklessness and/or that cause injuries or fatalities will likely result in criminal charges being filed against the driver who allegedly caused the accident. Should an individual be convicted of these charges, he or she could face prison sentences, hefty fines, loss of driver’s license and permanent marks on his or her criminal record.
In certain traffic offenses, were multiple deaths occur, the driver can face up to 28 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. In some instances, Illinois drivers have actually been charged with and convicted of murder when their driving lead to the death of innocent people.
Are You Facing Chicago Traffic -Related Criminal Charges?
If you or a loved one is charged with a traffic offense in Chicago (or another city in Illinois), contact the Law Offices of Andrew M. Weisberg. Mr. Weisberg is extremely knowledgeable about the latest changes to the complicated traffic laws in the state of Illinois and has extensive experience litigating traffic crime charges.
Types of Traffic Crime Charges in Chicago
The specific charge(s) filed in the event of an alleged traffic crime will vary according to the circumstances surrounding the event. Various traffic charges include:
- driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) (625 ILCS 5/11-501) (charge / offense)
- aggravated DUI (625 ILCS 5/11-501) (charge / offense)
- driving with a suspended license (625 ILCS 5/6-303) (charge / offense)
- driving with a revoked license (625 ILCS 5/6-303) (charge / offense)
- leaving the scene of an accident (625 ILCS 5/11-401) (charge / offense)
- fleeing and eluding the police (625 ILCS 5/11-204) (charge / offense)
- reckless driving (625 ILCS 5/11-503) (charge / offense)
- reckless homicide / vehicular homicide (720 ILCS 5/9-3) (charge / offense)
In addition to the charges and offenses mentioned above, it is important to understand that recent changes to speeding (625 ILCS 5/11-601) laws have created what is called the offense or charge of aggravated speeding (625 ILCS 5/11-601.5). These cases are are more than traffic tickets.
They are criminal offenses that carry the possibility of jail time. These special cases involve those speeding 40 or more over the posted speed limit. Most people are very surprised to learn that they face jail time of up to one year just for speeding. While most speeding tickets in the 10-15 miles per hour over the limit range are not terribly serious, when speeds become dangerous, the penalties can become severe.
Judge and prosecutors are cracking down like never before on excessive speeding. This level of speeding is a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 364 days of jail time and a $2,500 fine or both.
Let the Chicago Law Firm of Andrew Weisberg Help You
During a complimentary consultation, Mr. Weisberg will thoroughly examine the facts of your case and advise on the best manner in which to resolve the charges against you. For those who choose to secure our services, we guarantee to provide dedicated representation in all upcoming legal proceedings.
To consistently build a strong defense for our clients, we diligently work to compile all necessary evidence and, when appropriate, work with other specialists (such as forensic scientists, registered nurses and/or psychiatrists) to find expert testimony to support our clients’ claims.
When arrested for and facing serious criminal charges, it is critical to find a great criminal defense lawyer who is at the top of his profession. Finding an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best thing you can do to protect your reputation and avoid jail time or prison time.
Mr. Weisberg handles all felony and misdemeanor charges in all Cook County courthouses including Chicago (and all branch courts), Skokie, Rolling Meadows, Maywood (Maybrook), Bridgeview and Markham.
If you would like to reach Mr. Weisberg quickly and directly, please call his cell phone 24/7 at(773) 908-9811, or fill out the case review form on our website. The consultation is free.