When most people think of the consequences of a traffic violation, they envision a ticket and a possible minimal rise in their insurance rates. While that may be the case with many minor traffic violations, there are a number of serious violations that can cost you much more. Whether you have been charged with reckless driving or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it is important to understand the potential legal consequences of a conviction.
In the state of Illinois, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can come with legal consequences that can lead to jail time, significant fines, and even potential jail time. A first-time DUI offender will face Class A Misdemeanor charges. If convicted, fines can be as high as $2,500 and can result in a one-year prison sentence. The driver will also give a one-year license revocation period and will only be allowed to drive with a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID), throughout the duration of that time.
With the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in the state of Illinois, law enforcement officials are also on the lookout for drivers that are under the influence of marijuana. According to Illinois law, if the acting officer suspects that the driver is impaired, the driver must submit to field sobriety or roadside chemical testing. Refusal to submit to testing will result in a one-year license suspension. The legal ramifications of driving under the influence of marijuana are the same as an alcohol DUI charge.
Reckless driving is legally defined as the process of driving with a disregard for yourself and others on the road. The most common examples of reckless driving include driving at speeds of 35 miles per hour or more over the legal speed limit, swerving from lane to lane, and following other vehicles too closely. A reckless driving charge constitutes a Class A Misdemeanor as well as fines up to $2,500. Fighting a reckless driving charge requires the assistance of a skilled legal professional that can force the prosecution to bring substantial evidence to validate a conviction.
At J. Aldrich Law, P.C., we fully understand how frightening it can be to face a serious traffic violation. Recognizing the potential consequences of a conviction, we will do everything in our power to fight against the charges. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a knowledgeable DuPage County traffic violation attorney call us today at 630-953-3000.