What Are Traffic Violations?
Illinois Speeding and Traffic Ticket Defense Attorneys
Traffic violations, while usually carrying less severe punishments than more serious crimes, may result in the loss of a drivers license, increased insurance rates and fines. However, if there have been a series of violations, the penalty could be as harsh as serving jail time.
If you've been accused of a traffic violation, you need an experienced traffic violation defense attorney to help you understand your charges and best options to challenge your citation. Call Donahue, Sowa & Magana today at 630-762-1780 or contact us online.
Minor Traffic Violations
Unlike other types of crimes, intent is not a factor in determining traffic violations. In other words, it doesn't matter if you intended to speed or drive through a stop sign, it only matters that you committed the act.
Minor violations include speeding, failure to use turn signals, driving without headlights, illegal parking, failure to yield and illegal towing. Usually, these are punishable by a small fine.
Traffic-Related Misdemeanors & Felonies
If a violation of traffic law causes damage to property or harm to another person, it is classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. In the more serious cases, the driver of the vehicle may have intended to cause harm, but even if that's not the case, the infraction may still be considered a more serious crime than a simple traffic violation.
Other traffic violations are automatically considered misdemeanors or felonies, including hit-and-run and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a traffic violation, you have all of the rights of any defendant in the court of law. Consult with a traffic violation defense lawyer to learn about your best legal options.
Call Donahue, Sowa & Magana today at 630-762-1780 or contact us online.