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For most people in McHenry County, driving is essential. Many of us need to drive everyday to get to and from work.

Some have CDL’s they rely on to make a living. Some people are excited to be back driving the kids to school everyday. But the same thing is true for all people: they love the freedom of being able to drive. Many things can go wrong once you get behind the wheel. You could run out of gas, have car trouble, get a flat tire, get pulled over, or get rear ended. You could look at your phone at the wrong moment and cause an accident. You could make a bad decision and get behind the wheel after a few too many. So many different issues can come from our collective need and desire to be driving.

That’s where I come in. Traffic ticket? I can help you no matter what kind of driving you do. Get rear ended on your way home from work? I can help you with that, too. Have car trouble? Well, I know a good mechanic.

FAQ: Do I need a lawyer for my traffic ticket?

Whether you have traffic tickets that you want to ask a few questions about, or a misdemeanor or felony driving offense, submit your ticket to see if I can help you.

Getting a ticket

Nobody wants to get a ticket. Understanding the many different kinds of citations you might get while driving can help you avoid them and know your next steps if you do get pulled over. Below are some common tickets that I can help you with.

Non-moving violations are the most highly desired outcome because they do not go on your court purposes driving abstract or your motor vehicle record. This avoids issues with insurance as well as your driving record.

If your driver’s license could get jammed up, submit your tickets or documents below for a free evaluation and consultation.

Speeding

Speeding is broken down into petty speeding, 1-25 mph over the limit, and misdemeanor speeding, 26-34 is a class B and 35+ is a class A.

Some groups of drivers are impacted differently by these speeds, but generally, a petty is a petty. However, CDL holders can never get a speeding ticket that is 15+ or it is considered a serious traffic offense on your CDL and may lead to a disqualification of your CDL. If you are under 18, you also need to be careful with how fast the ticket is written for.

If you are charged with a Class B or Class A misdemeanor for speeding, you need to get an attorney to help you get the speed amended and avoid misdemeanor consequences. A class A is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine; a class B is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,500 fine. Realistically, you are not going to jail for a speeding ticket. But, you face license suspension if convicted of either offense.

Like most moving violations, you can receive court supervision on your speeding ticket up to 2 times within a 12 month period. When you are under 21, you will face a suspension if you are convicted twice within a 24 month period. When you are over 21, you will face a suspension if you are convicted 3 times with a 12 month period. The length of the suspension is based on the total number of points from a point system where points are assigned for each conviction depending on the charge.

Most of the time, speeding tickets seem and may be relatively harmless. This is definitely not true, however, for some people. I will meet with you for free to discuss whether hiring a traffic attorney is right for you. Submit your ticket(s) below.

Moving Violations

While speeding is the most common moving violation, there are many other common moving violations that McHenry County police officers issue. Lets break them down into 2 categories: petty offenses and misdemeanors or felonies.

Petty Offenses

*Charges in bold are not supervision eligible, see below for more information

Misdemeanors and Felonies

  • Driving under the influence
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving on a suspended or revoked license
  • Leaving the scene
  • Unlawful possession of marijuana by a driver or passenger
  • Fleeing or eluding
  • Reckless homicide
  • Improper display of registration
  • Suspended registration

Most moving violations are petty violations, which are punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and may include traffic safety school, but you cannot be sentenced to jail. Misdemeanors and felonies can result in jail time; you should always try and hire an experienced traffic attorney for these types of charges. Submit your tickets below for a free evaulation.

Suspended or Revoked License

If you are suspended or revoked and living in McHenry County, you are really missing the freedom of being able to drive.

Get your court purposes driving abstract in person at the Secretary or State or by going online here:

Send me a copy of your abstract with your contact information, and we can set up an in person or virtual appointment to discuss getting your driver’s license valid.

Facing a Suspended or Revoked charge?

Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a criminal offense that can be charged as a petty offense, a class A misdemeanor, and all the way up to a class 2 felony. The statute for 6-303 is many pages long and extremely complicated. The basis of the suspension and the number of prior offenses on your driving record will essentially determine the possible disposition and minimum sentences, which escalate as the number or priors increases. An experienced traffic lawyer who does not give up fighting is essential to a positive outcome when charged with a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

Submit your tickets today to get the process of getting you back on the road started.

Non-Supervision Eligible Offenses

While most tickets can receive a disposition of supervision, some tickets are not supervision eligible and will result in a conviction and possible consequences to your driving record if convicted. If you’ve received any of the following, you need to hire an attorney right away:

  • Overweight charges
  • Permit violation
  • Speeding in school zone
  • Speeding in construction zone
  • Pedestrians right of way at crosswalk/school zone
  • Approaching/overtaking/passing a school bus
  • Scott’s Law violation if it results in damage to a vehicle
  • Uninsured motor vehicle charge if a prior guilty within the past 5 years
  • Suspended registration from insurance if a prior guilty within past 5 years
  • Display false insurance card if a prior guilty within past 5 years

Submit your ticket(s) today for a free evaluation.