Arrests Made for Driving on Suspended License, DUI, Excessive Speeding

Naperville criminal defense attorneys, suspended license, DUI, excessive speedingThe police department of Northbrook, as well as those of Chicago and the surrounding area, have been cracking down on motor vehicle offenses, such as driving under the influence, excessive speeding, and driving without a license or with a suspended license. Without experienced representation, you risk the privilege of being able to drive in the future. In addition, serious jail time may be given to defendants who are found guilty of such traffic offenses. 

Driving on a Suspended License 

Two individuals were arrested for driving without valid driver’s licenses in Northbrook. In late March, a man was placed under arrest during a crash investigation when officers became aware of his driving status. In a separate event, a Des Plaines woman turned right at a red light, was cited for the moving violation, and the arresting officer found that she was driving on a suspended license and did not have insurance as well.

The penalties for driving on a suspended license, as per Illinois statute 625 ILCS 5/6-303, vary depending on the circumstances as well as the number of license violations of which the individual has been charged. Driving on a suspended license or permit may result in a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 12 month is jail and a $2,500 fine, or a Class 4 felony which is punishable by one to three years in prison.

If you are caught driving on a suspended or revoked license, and additionally caused serious bodily injury or death to another, you may face serious prison time and felony charges. 

Excessive Speeding and Driving Under the Influence

A 20-year-old man from Prospect Heights was charged with speeding and driving under the influence of cannabis. Driving while high on controlled substances is equivalent to driving while intoxicated. According to Illinois statutes 625 ILCS 5/11-501, a DUI is committed when a driver operates a vehicle while “under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds or any combination thereof.”

In the same time period, an 18-year-old Chicago driver was pulled over for going 80 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour speed zone. According to Illinois statutes 625 ILCS 5/11-601.5, traveling 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit qualifies for excessive or aggravated speeding, which is a crime punishable as a Class B misdemeanor. A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,500.

If you are arrested for going 35 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, you will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

Contact an Illinois Criminal Traffic Defense Lawyer Today

Do not let your driving privileges be revoked. Work with an experienced attorney. Call the skilled Naperville criminal defense attorneys of Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC today for immediate legal assistance.