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Construction Zone Speeding Lawyer in Lake County, Illinois
The HoffmanLaw Office represents drivers who have been issued speeding in construction zone tickets that are assigned to the various Lake County, Illinois traffic courts, including the courthouses located in Mundelein, Park City, Round Lake Beach and downtown Waukegan. Attorney Matt Hoffman is a former Lake County Assistant State's Attorney and has handled construction zone speeding tickets in the Lake County court system for fifteen years. The HoffmanLaw Office has helped hundreds of clients in the Lake County traffic courts and offers a free consultation on every case.
There are a number of significant differences between regular petty offense speeding tickets, charged under Section 11-601(b) of the Illinois Vehicle Code, and construction zone speeding tickets.
Unlike like some regular speeding tickets, construction zone speeding tickets always require an appearance in court. A police officer who writes a construction zone speeding ticket must check the box on the ticket marked "court appearance required" and must specify a court date, time and place on the face of the ticket itself. A person who receives a construction zone speeding ticket is not allowed to resolve the ticket online or by mail.
Section 11-605.1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code defines the charge of speeding in a construction zone. Under this law, a “construction or maintenance speed zone” is an area of roadway where signs have been posted advising drivers that a construction or maintenance speed zone is being approached, or where a lower speed limit has been posted with a highway construction or maintenance speed zone special speed limit sign. The signs posted must warn that a construction or maintenance speed zone is being approached, indicate the maximum speed limit in effect, and state the amount of the minimum fine for a construction zone speeding violation.
This means there are two places where construction zone speeding tickets may be issued. The first place exists where the pre-construction speed limit remains unchanged but the area is designated, by special signs, as a construction zone. The second and more frequently-encountered place exists where the pre-construction speed limit has been lowered and signs have been posted designating the construction zone area.
In order to be ticketed for speeding in a construction zone, there is no requirement that workers are present in the construction zone. Police are allowed to issue construction zone speeding tickets whether or not workers are present in the construction zone. In practice, construction zone speeding tickets that bear police notations indicating "workers present" tend to be treated more seriously by prosecutors and judges.
Unlike regular speeding tickets, construction zone speeding tickets carry minimum fines. This is true even though, like regular speeding tickets, construction zone speeding tickets are petty offenses and not misdemeanors. The minimum fine for speeding in a construction zone is $375.00. Because all construction zone speeding tickets require an appearance in court, if a fine is assessed on the ticket, court costs also will be assessed in addition to the fine. If the person ticketed is unable to appear in court, an attorney may be able to appear in court in that person's absence in order to attempt to resolve the charge. A second or subsequent speeding in construction zone violation carries a minimum fine of $1,000.00. Additionally, a second or subsequent speeding in construction zone violation when workers are present that occurred within a two-year period will trigger a 90 day driver's license suspension.
A construction zone speeding violation may be elevated to a misdemeanor speeding ticket if the speed limit that has been established in the construction zone is used to allege an act of speeding 26 miles per hour or more over the applicable speed limit. For instance, if the speed limit in a construction zone on the highway has been lowered to 45 miles per hour, and a driver is ticketed for driving 71 miles per hour in that 45 mile per hour zone, a Class B misdemeanor speeding ticket may be written.
Court supervision is an available sentencing option for construction zone speeding tickets. Unlike misdemeanor speeding offenses, construction zone speeding tickets are not mandatory conviction offenses. Nonetheless, a person may receive court supervision for moving violations only twice in a twelve-month period based on the dates the tickets were issued. Convictions for multiple moving violations can lead to the suspension or revocation of driving privileges. Also, special rules apply to drivers under the age of 21 and to drivers who hold commercial driver's licenses.
Experienced Construction Zone Speeding Ticket Lawyer
The HoffmanLaw Office defends drivers issued speeding in construction zone tickets anywhere in Lake County, Illinois. Attorney Matt Hoffman appears routinely while representing clients on speeding in construction zone charges at the Lake County courthouses located in Mundelein, Park City, Round Lake Beach, and downtown Waukegan.
If you are charged with speeding in a construction zone, there are a number of different possible outcomes in your case. A traffic ticket is merely an allegation and you have the right to a trial on the charge. If your case proceeds to trial, the burden of proving the allegation, and each of the various elements of the offense, as described above, will be on the prosecution. If the prosecution fails to prove the allegation, or any one of its elements, you should be found not-guilty and acquitted of the charge. If the charge is dismissed, no record of your ticket will be forwarded by the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court to the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.
If your case proceeds to trial, the speed at which you were traveling always will be at issue. Whether construction zone signs properly were posted will be at issue. Whether you were actually inside the construction zone at the time the police officer claims to have determined your speed will be at issue. The method by which your speed was measured will be at issue— whether by radar, lidar (laser gun), or by vehicle-on-vehicle pace.
As a former Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney who used to prosecute construction zone speeding tickets in the Lake County circuit courts, Attorney Matt Hoffman knows what the prosecution must show in order to prove the alleged violation in a court of law. He is able to use this first-hand prosecutorial knowledge, accumulated over years of trial experience, in defending every client he defends in Lake County traffic court.
Trial, however, is not the only way to attempt to resolve your construction zone speeding ticket. Sometimes prosecutors, after learning more about you, your driving record and the facts and circumstances of your case, become willing to amend or reduce your charges or to make plea offers that minimize the negative impact of a construction zone speeding ticket on your driving record. The HoffmanLaw Office has a lengthy history of trial court success. But it also has a long record of accomplishment in successfully negotiating positive outcomes for its clients, especially in cases where negotiating for specific and known results becomes both appropriate and prudent. If you are considering a lawyer on your Lake County, Illinois construction zone speeding ticket, the HoffmanLaw Office offers a free consultation on every case.
Lawyer Defending Lake County IL Construction Zone Tickets
The HoffmanLaw Office represents clients charged with construction zone speeding tickets and all other moving violations in the Lake County, Illinois traffic courts. There are many different police departments that forward construction zone speeding tickets to the four Lake County traffic courthouses located in Mundelein, Park City, Round Lake Beach and Waukegan. If you were ticketed for a construction zone speeding violation within the jurisdiction of any of these four court venues, it is likely that you were cited by one of the police departments listed below.