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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 SEARCH MY CAR AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP IN ILLINOIS?

You got pulled over for a traffic violation. The cop thought he smelled alcohol, and after some tests, you were charged with DUI. After they put you in the police car, the officers began searching the passenger compartment of your … Continue reading

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BE CAREFUL HOW YOU APPROACH THAT DUI POLICE CHECKPOINT

Illinois police are allowed to set up roadblocks to catch drunk drivers within certain guidelines. The checkpoint can only be minimally intrusive to the driver, it must look official, and it must follow police department rules. But even if your … 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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LEAD-FOOTED DRIVERS, BEWARE!: ILLINOIS’S NEW SPEEDING LAW

As of January 1, 2011, Illinois drivers with a heavy foot on the pedal face much stiffer penalties for excessive speeding. The new Illinois law targets drivers who speed more than 31 mph over the limit. What used to be … Continue reading

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