Asked 8 months ago - Highland Park, ILFlag
I was given a ticket for doing 80 mph in a construction zone, no workers present. What should I expect the punishment to be? Should I plead guilty? Do I need to hire an attorney?
I'm more than happy to tell people when they do not need lawyers, but you definitely do.
It is a mandatory conviction and a mandatory fine for speeding in a construction zone. Speaking from personal experience, Prosecutors hate to reduce these charges. On one hand it is very hot buttons, politically speaking. On the other hand, they see their jobs as protecting a person who is literally on the side of the highway as his/her Day job.
As it stands, your name is on a piece of paper mixed in with a hundred other names on pieces of paper in a system which is overwhelmed with these type of tickets, typically given by Illinois State Police
The purpose of a specifically traffic-practicing lawyer in this situation is to present a person. My office does this by presenting a packet showing reasons for mitigation. I have this exact type of case up tomorrow in court, I'm bringing in certain hospital records for my client who was taking his sick family member to the hospital. I say that provide you guidelines on what your standards for an attorney should be.
Whether there are construction worders present or not, you are supposed to reduce your speed, not incrrease it. The minimum fine is $375 and it can be higher. You really need a lawyer. You are at risk for serious consequences. Hire a lawyer who is experienced in handling traffic cases.
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