Illinois Traffic Attorneys
Even if you're a good driver with the best of intentions, you likely know that feeling when you notice a police officer's flashing lights pulling you over for a traffic violation. After you are handed your ticket by the officer—what next?
The answer can depend on what law was broken. If it's a first offense, and it's something minor like speeding less than 10 miles over the speed limit, or a municipal violation that comes in the mail like running a red light in Chicago, you might be able to handle it on your own without it affecting your driving record. You might not need a lawyer's help in those cases.
But many traffic violations are or can get much more complicated, and you don't want to just plead guilty without knowing what you may be giving up. You could greatly benefit from having an Illinois traffic defense attorney helping you to protect your rights at the outset. For example, some Illinois traffic convictions such as DUI or reckless driving, can result in jail time, huge fines and/or cause your license to be suspended. Other traffic violations can adversely affect your driving record and cost you a lot of money in increased insurance premiums.
While hiring a lawyer to handle your traffic violation doesn't guarantee that your case will end successfully, it can be the best way to be sure your rights are protected before irreparable harm has occurred. But not all lawyers are the right fit for all situations. To increase your chances for the best outcome, you'll want to hire a lawyer that can best handle all aspects of your case.
We recommend you use the services of a lawyer whose practice primarily focuses on defending traffic and other criminal charges in Illinois. More specifically, the lawyer should have spent a lot of time in the particular courthouse in the county where your ticket will be heard. This can help ensure that the lawyer is most familiar with the local rules and customs that will come into play in defending you. It of course doesn't guarantee a result, but we do believe it increases your chances of success.
Also, it is important for your lawyer to have a work style and manner that can best set you up for success. You should be treated with respect. The lawyer should return your calls promptly and work in partnership with you to a successful end. The lawyer should be well-acquainted with the violation you are charged with, and be able to quote you a flat fee to handle the case. In order for you to get answers to these and other questions, the lawyer should meet with you initially for free.
Whether you are guilty or innocent, we never suggest that you just plead guilty. If you do, you are at the mercy of the Judge and your insurance rates will surely go up. Fair or not, guilty people get cases dismissed every day of the week and the great majority who do so have a strong Illinois traffic defense lawyer in their corner. If you would like our help in finding the right law firm for your case, please contact us. All calls are free and confidential. We don't guarantee a result, but we do promise that we will never recommend a lawyer that we as attorneys wouldn't hire ourselves.