officer writing ticketThis is the first post in a series of articles focused on traffic-related issues that may arise in Peoria, Illinois. While most Illinois residents are conscientious about following traffic laws, almost every driver will receive a speeding ticket, a parking ticket, or other citation at one time or another. These minor infractions can be dealt with fairly easily in most cases by paying a fine or attending traffic court. More serious violations, such as DUI, reckless driving, or driving under a suspended license may lead to criminal charges, revocation of one’s license, fines, or incarceration. In such cases, it is important to retain an experienced defense attorney to represent your interests. The goal of this series is to provide information about how Illinois residents should deal with certain traffic-related charges. If you need assistance resolving a ticket or defending oneself on a traffic charge, contact my office to speak with a lawyer.

This series will focus on the following key subjects:

  • How to resolve an outstanding traffic warrant
  • Dealing with a reckless driving charge
  • Defending against hit and run charges
  • How traffic offenses can lead to additional criminal charges

For those who have been charged with violating Illinois’ traffic laws, it is important to take any level of citation seriously and understand the implications of such charges for a variety of reasons. First, if one fails to pay a fine or attend court as required after receiving a traffic ticket, it may result in the issuance of a traffic warrant. Until the warrant is resolved, the individual may be arrested if stopped, prevented from traveling on an airline, and may incur additional fines or criminal charges. Even minor violations should be dealt with as quickly as possible to avoid these potential consequences. Second, reckless driving charges are a serious matter. Convictions for reckless driving may not only result in the loss of one’s driving privileges but may also lead to significant fines and potential jail time. Third, leaving the scene of an accident where property damage or personal injuries have occurred is a violation of Illinois law. Depending upon the severity of the damages or injuries, hit and run accidents can lead to serious criminal penalties. Fourth, there are many ways that violating traffic laws can lead to additional charges for criminal behavior. Experienced defense counsel can explain the implications of traffic-related offenses and help negotiate with the traffic court judge or prosecuting attorney when necessary on your behalf.

Violations of the traffic laws can range from minor speeding issues to serious criminal matters. With over 20 years of experience, I am familiar with the Illinois legal system and aggressively defend Peoria residents charged with traffic offenses. Contact my office today to schedule a consultation. In addition to Peoria, I serve clients in the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.