School Zone Speeding Ticket Lawyer in Lake County, Illinois
The HoffmanLaw Office represents drivers who have been issued tickets for speeding in school zones throughout Lake County, Illinois. It defends drivers against speeding in school zone charges at all of the Lake County courthouses, including those located in Mundelein, Park City, Round Lake Beach and downtown Waukegan.
Attorney Matt Hoffman of the HoffmanLaw Office is a former Lake County Assistant State's Attorney, a former school zone speeding ticket prosecutor, and has worked in the Lake County court system for seventeen years. Over the years, the HoffmanLaw Office has helped hundreds of clients in the Lake County traffic courts and has assisted many drivers in avoiding mandatory convictions for school zone speeding tickets.
Section 11-605 of the Illinois Vehicle Code defines the charge of speeding in a school zone. Under this law, the maximum speed limit in a school zone is 20 miles per hour. This 20 mile per hour speed limit applies to drivers while passing a school zone or while traveling on a roadway on public school property or upon any public thoroughfare where children pass going to and from school.
The law applies only on school days when school children are present and close enough to the roadway that a potential hazard exists. For purposes of its enforcement, the law specifies that a school day begins at 7:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
A school zone speed limit does not exist unless it has been posted with appropriate signs. The required signs must be posted on streets and highways and must adequately warn drivers that a school zone is being approached and indicate the school zone and the maximum speed limit in effect during school days when school children are present.
A ticket for speeding in a school zone always requires an appearance in court and is a mandatory conviction offense. This means that anyone found guilty of speeding in a school zone automatically will be convicted of the charge. If a driver is convicted, the record of conviction would be forwarded by the Clerk of the Circuit Court to the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State. Then the conviction would be entered on the person’s driving record. Court supervision is not available on a school zone speeding charge.
A first violation of the speeding in school zone law carries a minimum fine of $200.00 plus court costs. A second or subsequent violation of the school zone speeding law carries a minimum fine of $350.00 plus court costs.
Attorney Defending Misdemeanor School Zone Speeding
In some cases, speeding in a school zone can be charged as a misdemeanor offense. Specifically, speeding in a school zone at a rate of speed that is 26 miles per hour or more but less than 35 miles per hour over the school zone speed limit is a class B misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to a $1,500 fine and up to 180 days in jail. Speeding in a school zone at a rate of speed that is 35 miles per hour or more over the school zone speed limit is a class A misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and up to 364 days in jail. As in petty offense speeding in school zone cases, dispositions of court supervision are not available for misdemeanor school zone speeding offenses. Misdemeanor school zone speeding tickets also carry mandatory convictions as a result.
Lake County School Zone Speeding Ticket Lawyer
The HoffmanLaw Office defends drivers ticketed for speeding in a school zone anywhere in Lake County, Illinois. Attorney Matt Hoffman appears regularly while representing clients on speeding in school zone charges at the Lake County courthouses located in Mundelein, Park City, Round Lake Beach, and downtown Waukegan.
Even though the charge of speeding in a school zone is a mandatory conviction offense, that does not mean that a conviction is guaranteed. A traffic ticket for speeding in a school zone is merely an allegation. You have the right to a trial on the charge. If your case went to trial, there are a number of different elements of the offense that the prosecution would have to prove.
The prosecution would have to prove that you were actually within a school zone at the time the police officer claims to have measured your speed. The prosecution also would have to prove that the school zone was properly marked by adequate signs. The prosecution would have to prove that the lower school speed limit was in effect based on the time of day, and that children were so close to the roadway that their proximity posed a potential hazard. As in any other trial alleging the act of speeding, the prosecution also would have to prove that you exceeded the applicable speed limit, in this case a speed limit of 20 miles per hour.
Any witness called by the prosecution would be subject to cross-examination by the defense. If the prosecution failed to prove any one of the elements of the offense, you should be found not-guilty and the charge should be dismissed. If you are found not-guilty at trial, or your ticket is dismissed for any other reason, no record of your school zone speeding ticket would be forwarded by the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court to the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State. As a result, the ticket would not be entered on your driving record.
Attorney Matt Hoffman of the HoffmanLaw Office has seventeen years experience handling school zone speeding tickets in the Lake County, Illinois traffic courts. He has both prosecuted and defended this type of ticket. As a result, he has first-hand knowledge of the prosecution’s burden of proof on this type of charge and is able to use that knowledge and experience in defending his clients in court.
Not every school zone speeding ticket proceeds all the way to trial. Because there are only two post-trial outcomes permitted on this type of charge— either a guilty finding with a conviction or a not-guilty finding with a dismissal— sometimes prosecutors take these limited potential outcomes into consideration and agree to amend the charge.
Only the prosecution has the power and discretion to amend a charge. In considering whether it would agree to amend your school zone speeding ticket, a prosecutor typically will consider the facts and circumstances of your particular case, as well as your driving record. The HoffmanLaw Office not only has a strong record of Lake County, Illinois trial success, but also has a history of achieving successful outcomes through negotiation for lesser charges and reduced sentences.
Every case is unique. Every driver who comes into court on a school zone speeding ticket has his or her own special set of circumstances. Attorney Matt Hoffman of the HoffmanLaw Office has years of experience advocating for his clients and defending their interests in Lake County traffic court. He also understands the importance of trying to maintain a clean driving record. If you were ticketed for speeding in a school zone and must appear in any of the Lake County courthouses located in Mundelein, Park City, Round Lake Beach or Waukegan, the HoffmanLaw Office offers a free consultation on every case.
Lawyer for Lake County IL School Zone Speeding Tickets
The HoffmanLaw Office represents clients charged with school zone speeding tickets and all other moving violations in the Lake County, Illinois traffic courts. There are many different police departments that send school 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 speeding in a school zone 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. The HoffmanLaw Office defends tickets issued by all of the following Lake County police departments.