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COOK COUNTY JUDGE CHALLENGES ILLINOIS SPEEDING LAW

(UPDATE – June 16, 2016 – In People v Rizzo, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the law denying supervision to first-time excessive speeders does not violate the proportionate penalties clause of the Illinois Constitution.) A Cook County Circuit Court … Continue reading

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UPDATE TO ILLINOIS SPEEDING LAW: THE CRACKDOWN CONTINUES

As of January 1, 2016, Illinois is toughening its speeding laws once again. This time, the legislature has created the offense of aggravated special speed limit. Aggravated special speed limit applies to school and construction zones. If you drive 26 … Continue reading

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2014 UPDATE TO ILLINOIS SPEEDING LAW

For the third time since 2011, Illinois has stiffened the laws against speeding. Now, you can be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor if you speed 35 miles or more above the limit. Speeding first became criminalized as a misdemeanor … Continue reading

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“CAN THEY REALLY STOP ME FOR THAT?” OBSTRUCTED WINDSHIELDS, IMPROPER LICENSE PLATE DISPLAY, AND OTHER MINOR OFFENSES

Before you can be apprehended for DUI, police need a reasonable suspicion to stop your car. Of course, if you are weaving all over the road, driving the wrong way up the highway, or blowing traffic lights, the police have … Continue reading

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BE CAREFUL WHAT PEOPLE CAN SEE IN YOUR CAR! THE PLAIN VIEW EXCEPTION TO POLICE SEARCHES IN ILLINOIS

You ran a red light when the police officer pulled you over. After making the stop, the officer noticed some spoons and straws sticking out of your visor. The officer opened the visor. As it turns out, you stashed a … Continue reading

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NEW ILLINOIS LAW CRACKS DOWN ON SPEEDERS ONCE AGAIN

A new Illinois law has dropped the threshold for when your routine speeding ticket becomes a criminal offense. Speeding first became criminalized as a misdemeanor in 2011. Driving more than 31 miles over the limit was upgraded to a Class … Continue reading

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I HAVE A TRAFFIC TICKET: DO I NEED TO COME TO COURT?

You were driving home from work when you got nailed for speeding. Or maybe you simply blew a stop sign or failed to signal. You wish to contest the ticket, but the court date is set for a time when … Continue reading

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SPEEDING IN ILLINOIS: A PASSAGEWAY TO BIG TROUBLE

Legally, a police officer cannot pull over your car without some reason. This can come in the form of community caretaking, such as when the officer sees you sleeping in your car and checks to see if you are OK. … Continue reading

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