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City Admits Wrongdoing When Trying to Fix Previous Error on Red Light Tickets

June 26th, 2017 at 7:00 am

red light tickets, Rolling Meadows traffic ticket lawyer, speeding tickets, traffic offenses, traffic violationsThe city of Chicago had inaccuracies on 1.9 million red light and speed-camera tickets. In an attempt to correct this mistake, it appears that Mayor Rahm Emanuel may have exacerbated the issue.

City Hall sent mail to recipients of the red light and speed camera tickets. The letters received attempted to offer another chance to appeal the tickets in court. The measure is widely identified as an effort to ward off a class-action lawsuit, pleading that the city failed to provide ticket holders enough time or notice to challenge their tickets.

One Cook County resident received five red light camera tickets for which she could only make out two of the videos. She was quoted as saying, “It’s alarming that they would do something like this.”

An official spokesman, Michael Claffey, indicated that the process to correct the fault in the system denying people adequate notice to contest their tickets would take considerable time to rectify.

Cook County offered no explanation for the issue, but opined that the malfunction might have been a result of the high traffic on the city’s website. The offer from the city to allow ticket holders another opportunity to appeal their tickets comes after a Cook County Circuit Judge denied a motion from the city to dismiss a class-action suit alleging the city violated due process by failing to provide adequate notice.

A Chicago attorney stated, “the Emanuel administration’s effort to force people to relitigate the city’s illegal behavior is a sham.” That same attorney explained that out of the 37 cases related to these red light cameras, 18 had no photographs or videos.

Need to Contest a Red Light Camera Ticket?

If you or a loved one has received a ticket in the mail from a red light camera or speed camera, you may have an opportunity to fight it. Rolling Meadows traffic ticket lawyer Christopher M. Cosley is an experienced and proven defense lawyer who represents his clients in a litany of issues relating to traffic violations.

Do not blindly accept that you have no options when you receive a ticket. Call The Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley at 847-394-3200 to schedule your initial consultation. Or, visit our website Our 24-hour answering service is designed to get you the advice you need when you need it.


What Offenses Can Lead to Driver’s License Suspension in Illinois?

December 26th, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Driver’s License Suspension, Rolling Meadows Driver’s License Suspension AttorneyBeing able to drive in Illinois is a privilege, not a right. In order to drive in Illinois, individuals must obtain a driver’s license, and then must obey the rules of the road in order to keep their driver’s license. Committing traffic violations and criminal offenses can lead to the suspension or revocation of a person’s driver’s license. A driver’s license suspension means that your driving privileges are temporarily suspended for a period of time and/or until you pay a required fee. A driver’s license revocation is the termination of your driving privileges indefinitely with no guarantee that you can get them reinstated.

What Offenses Can Lead to a Driver’s License Suspension?

Having your driver’s license suspended can be a major inconvenience. Additionally, you may be required to pay a reinstatement fee in order to get the suspension removed from your driver’s license. There are certain requirements that must be satisfied in order to seek the reinstatement of your driver’s license, and an experienced driver’s license reinstatement lawyer can advise you on what you need to do.

There are a number of different offenses that can lead to a driver’s license suspension in Illinois. A few of the more common reasons that driver’s licenses are suspended in Illinois include:

  • Suspension for failure to appear in court. When a driver is issued a traffic ticket and then the driver fails to appear for his or her scheduled court appearance, the judge is likely to enter a failure to appear suspension against the individual’s driver’s license.
  • Suspension for parking violations. Having too many unpaid parking tickets can lead to your driver’s license being suspended. When an individual driver has 10 or more parking violations that have not been paid, a parking municipality may request that his or her license suspension be entered.
  • Suspension due to automated traffic violation. When an individual driver has committed five or more automated traffic violations, a municipality may request that a driver’s license suspension be entered.
  • Suspension due to a  failure to pay tolls. If a driver has committed five or more tollway violations, or has evaded paying a toll five or more times, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority may request that his or her driving privileges be suspended.
  • Suspension for failure to pay child support. Under Illinois’ Family Financial Responsibility Law, a family court judge can enter a driver’s license suspension for a parent who fails to pay court-ordered child support.

Contact an Illinois Driver’s License Suspension or Revocation Lawyer

Loss of your driving privileges can be a headache for you. It can make day-to-day transportation  a huge hassle and can be a burden on you, your family, and your friends. Luckily, driver’s license suspensions are temporary and it is possible to have your driver’s license reinstated. It can be immensely beneficial to have an experienced Rolling Meadows driver’s license suspension attorney by your side as you seek to reinstate your driving privileges in Illinois.


The Impact a Few Traffic Violations Can Have on Your Visa Status

October 13th, 2016 at 7:00 am

traffic violations, visa-status, Rolling Meadows criminal defense lawyerForeign nationals who wish to come to the United States, either for work, school, or another purpose, gain entry through a visa. A number of different types of visas are awarded based on the reason for the foreign national’s stay in the United States. However, there are also many restrictions on visas. If these restrictions are violated, one’s visa can be revoked by the U.S. government. For instance, a visa can be revoked if the visa holder is convicted of committing a crime in the United States.

Barred From Re-entry Into the U.S.

Being convicted of a criminal offense in the United States is often a violation of the terms of your visa. Therefore, if you leave the country and try and return to the United States, you will most likely be barred from re-entry into the United States by immigration officers at the airport, or via your port of entry. Moreover, you could be denied entry into the United States for years.

Even Too Many Traffic Offenses Can Result in Visa Revocation

Traffic violations are common minor offenses. However, each time you pay a traffic ticket without fighting it, you are effectively admitting your guilt to the alleged traffic violation. This is the same as if you were convicted for your traffic violation. Convictions for traffic violations result in points being added to your driver’s license. When you accumulate too many points on your driver’s license, your driving privileges are suspended and you are no longer permitted to operate a motor vehicle. Operating a motor vehicle while on a suspended driver’s license is a serious criminal offense and can result in the revocation of your visa.

Foreign nationals who obtain a visa for entry into the United States generally do so with a purpose, such as for the purpose of attending school or to get a U.S. job. Hence, it is critically important for these individuals to maintain their visa status. Anyone who is a visa holder and has been charged with a traffic violation needs to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Fighting your traffic citation is the best chance that you will have to get the charges against you reduced or even dropped completely so that you can remain in the United States on your visa.  

Receive a Traffic Ticket While on a Visa? Get a Lawyer

If you have received a traffic citation, it is essential to consider if it is in your best interests to fight the ticket. Please contact a skilled Rolling Meadows criminal defense attorney at our firm and let us assist you throughout each step of your case. Call 847-394-3200 today.


Traffic Violations in Illinois

September 22nd, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Traffic Violations in IllinoisMany people have received a traffic citation for a mistake made behind the wheel. You might have been driving too fast, may have failed to use your turn signals, or may have placed your vehicle somewhere it should not have been. Furthermore, many people who end up with a traffic citation are unsure what to do about it. In this situation, contacting an experienced traffic offense lawyer could help.

Basics of A Traffic Citation

At its core, a traffic citation is a charge for violating a state or municipal traffic law. The citation is a piece of paper, or ticket, that includes your information, the information about your vehicle, and your alleged offense. The ticket provides you with the statute of the law that you allegedly violated along with the fine you are required to pay, and provides instructions on how to pay the ticket, or details about when you are required to appear in court.

For the most part, most traffic law violations are merely infractions of the law, which is punishable only by a fine. Infractions are mostly minor offenses. More serious traffic violations can rise to the criminal level, such as driving while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. These more serious traffic violations can carry steep fines and even jail time.

Traffic violations are broken down by the type of offense you have committed, and the seriousness of your offense. For instance, traffic violations are classified as either moving violations, or non-moving violations, which refers to whether your alleged offense involved a moving vehicle. For instance, speeding, driving without a fastened seatbelt, DUI, and failing to obey stop signs are all considered moving violations because each of these offenses involves a moving vehicle. Non-moving violations include things like driving an unregistered vehicle, not having your license plates attached to your vehicle, and parking offenses.

Next Steps After Receiving a Traffic Citation

When you receive a traffic ticket, you usually have a few options on how to proceed. For the most trivial of traffic violations, most people simply choose to pay the fine and be done with the ticket. Paying the ticket, however, means admitting guilt for your violation of the law. If you are generally a good driver who rarely receives tickets, then simply paying your fine might be how you choose to resolve your traffic ticket.

However, if you believe that the issuance of a ticket to you was a mistake or is wrong, you can dispute your ticket and fight it. To dispute your traffic citation, you must personally appear in court during your scheduled court appearance timeslot, and enter a not guilty plea. Next, you will be scheduled a trial date, where you can fight your traffic citation.

If you plan on fighting your traffic citation, you need to speak with an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic offenses lawyer soon after getting your ticket. You will have a scheduled court appearance time, and your lawyer may need to work quickly.


Work Zone Safety is Taken Seriously by Illinois Law Enforcement

May 18th, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Illinois work zone safety, Rolling Meadows Traffic Offense AttorneyIn honor of National Work Zone Safety Week, law enforcement across Illinois put forth effort to raise awareness about exercising care when driving through active and inactive work and construction zones. National Work Zone Safety Week was the week of April 11th 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

Highway construction is a problem that is acutely experienced by drivers in Illinois, especially around big cities. However, road construction is a necessary part of maintaining our highways and byways. As such, it is important that drivers exercise care when driving through a work zones. Law enforcement takes traffic violations in work zones very seriously.

Work Zone Safety Stats

According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were more than 4,300 accidents that occurred in construction zones in 2015. Of these accidents, 1,000 resulted in injuries to construction workers, drivers and passengers. There were also 46 fatalities resulting from work zone traffic accidents. More often than not, it is motorists who are passing through a work zone who are involved in traffic accidents. Inattentiveness, driving at too high of a rate of speed, and following too closely are some of the leading causes of work zone traffic accidents.

Work Zone Speeding Tickets

Speed limits are strictly enforced in work zones, and you can get a speeding ticket even if no workers are present when you are caught speeding. 625 ILCS 5/11-05.1 is the Illinois statute for speeding tickets issued for offenses committed while driving through a work zone. It does not matter whether the workers are present in the work site or not, and work zones are one of the few locations where law enforcement is permitted to use radar and lidar detection means to determine a driver’s speed as evidence that the driver was speeding in the work zone.

Work zones are clearly identified as they are required to have posted signage indicating where a work zone begins and terminates, as well as the posted maximum and minimum speed limit. Fines for a first offense can range from $250 to $750. A second-time offense within a period of two years can cost a driver his or her license. Court appearances are mandatory, and dealing with the courts for a traffic ticket can be difficult as there are very specific rules that must be followed. You should consider working with an experienced traffic offenses lawyer to fight your ticket.

Let Us Help With Your Ticket

Traffic tickets can happen to anyone, even the best drivers. When a traffic offense occurs in certain locations, such as in a school or work zone, the associated fines and penalties can be more severe. If you have been cited for a traffic violation, you should contact an experienced traffic offenses lawyer immediately. Please contact a Rolling Meadows traffic offense attorney at our firm for assistance. We will help you throughout each step of your case.


Driving without a License in Illinois

November 10th, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Illinois traffic offenses, Illinois defense attorney, Illinois driving statutes,If your driving privileges have been suspended or revoked, it can make commuting a challenging process. You have to rely on public transportation, your friends and family members, or walking or biking to get around. Life may become particularly difficult if you need a car to get to work or school. One solution to the problem, albeit ill-advised, is to risk getting caught and drive without a valid driver’s license. And many people choose to do this, despite the consequences.

A driver’s license is required in order to operate a motor vehicle in Illinois, under 625 ILCS 5/6-101. You cannot drive in Illinois if you have never obtained a driver’s license, or if your license is expired or cancelled. Additionally, driving when your driver’s license is suspended or revoked is prohibited under 625 ILCS 5/6-303. As a general rule:

  • A first offense for driving without a license, or while your licenses is revoked or suspended, is a Class A misdemeanor; and
  • A second or subsequent offense for driving when your license is suspended or revoked is a Class 4 felony; however, offenses can be upgraded in certain circumstances.

Loss of Driving Privileges Compounded

When your driver’s license is suspended or revoked for a first offense, and you violate another law that warrants an additional period of license revocation or suspension, the duration of the suspensions or revocations will be tacked on to one another. To say this differently, if your first license suspension is for six months, and during that six months you commit some other offense that carries the punishment of loss of license for one year, the one-year loss of license will be added to the end of your six-month punishment, for a total of 18 months without driving privileges.

When you are caught driving without a driver’s license because your license has been suspended or revoked, the duration of your license suspension or revocation will be doubled by the Secretary of State, in accordance with 625 ILCS 5/6-303(b-1).

Caught Driving without a License, but Have One

If you are were caught driving without a license, but you do in fact hold a valid license (perhaps you forgot it at home or it fell out of your pocket, etc.), you may receive a citation or a warning from the law enforcement officer that pulled you over, but you will have the opportunity to provide proof of your valid license at a later point in time. It is sometimes possible to have the consequences for driving without your license reduced, or even dismissed, if you can provide proof that you held a valid driver’s license at the time of your citation. An attorney with experience handling traffic offenses can help you.

Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley

If you have been charged with driving without a license, you need to hire an experienced traffic offenses lawyer immediately. Please contact a Rolling Meadows traffic offense attorney immediately. Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley at (847) 394-3200 to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.



Traffic Offenses: Tickets for Failing to Stop

September 23rd, 2015 at 7:27 am

Illinois traffic laws, Illinois traffic lawyer, Illinois defense attorney,In Illinois, there are a number of different traffic offenses that involve a failure of the driver to stop when stopping is appropriate or required. Some of the most commonly cited traffic offenses of this nature include failure to stop at a railroad crossing, failure to stop for a school bus and failure to stop for pedestrians. If you receive a citation for any of these offenses, an experienced traffic offense lawyer can help you fight these alleged violations.

Failure to Stop at a Railroad Crossing

Failure to stop at a railroad crossing is governed by 625 ILCS 5/11-1201. Under the law, a driver must stop at least 15 feet from a railroad track crossing when:

  • A railroad crossing gate is lowered;
  • Electric or mechanical signage at a railroad crossing indicates that a train is coming;
  • A train sounds its horn, signaling that it is approaching the crossing;
  • A train is plainly visible, thereby constituting an immediate hazard to anyone in the crossing; or
  • A train is approaching so closely as to create an immediate hazard to anyone in the crossing.

Drivers who violate the law face a fine of $250 for a first-time offense and the potential for up to 25 hours of community service. A second offense warrants a $500 fine and a six-month driver’s license suspension.

Failure to Stop for a School Bus

Illinois statute 625 ILCS 5/11-1414 governs when a driver fails to stop for a school bus. The law requires that when school buses stop to load or unload children riders, other drivers must come to a complete stop when the bus displays a flashing stop sign. The only time that drivers do not have to stop for a stopped school bus is when the bus is stopped on a four-lane highway, where two lanes of the highway are going in the opposite direction. Drivers traveling in the two lanes going in the opposite direction are not required to stop for the stopped school bus.

Failure to stop for a school bus will cost drivers $150 in fines for a first offense and loss of a driver’s license for a period of three months. A second offense will cost $500 in fines and will result in the loss of a driver’s license for a period of one year.

Failure to Stop for a Pedestrian

Drivers have an obligation to stop for pedestrians at a crosswalk under 625 ILCS 5/11-903. Under the law, drivers must come to a complete stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, even if the crosswalk is not marked with signage. Penalties for failing to stop for pedestrians vary from county to county, but typically range from $50 to $500.

Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley

If you have received a citation for failing to stop at a railroad crossing, for a school bus, or for a pedestrian, you need to fight your ticket. Please contact an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic offenses lawyer immediately. Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley. Our phone number is (847) 394-3200.



Traffic Offenses: Tickets for Failing to Slow Down

September 14th, 2015 at 7:26 am

Illinois traffic attorney, Illinois defense lawyer, Illinois criminal attorney,A driver can receive a citation for a number of different traffic violations that involve failing to reduce their speed when a situation on the road warrants slowing down. A few commonly cited traffic offenses that require drivers to reduce their rate of speed include the failure to slow down or reduce speed for emergency vehicles, a failure to slow in a construction zone, and a failure to slow in order to avoid an accident.

Ticket for Failing to Slow Down for Emergency Vehicles

Scott’s Law, 625 ILCS 5/11-907, in memory of Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant Scott Gillen who was killed by a passing motorist while attending to a roadside emergency situation, requires that drivers reduce their speed and attempt to change lanes to give emergency vehicles the space they need to safely tend to emergencies. This includes giving emergency vehicles the right of way when they are driving on the road as well as when they are parked on the side of the road so that emergency responders can safely and effectively respond to an accident or emergency situation.

Failing to slow for an emergency vehicle can result in a fine of at least $100 for an offending driver. The driver could also face losing their driver’s license for a period of time, depending on whether someone was hurt or killed as a result of the driver’s failure to slow for the emergency vehicle.

Failure to Slow in a Construction Zone

Under 625 ILCS 5/11-908, a driver has an obligation to slow down and exercise caution when entering and driving through a construction or maintenance zone when workers are present. Drivers are required to yield to construction workers and authorized construction vehicles while in the construction zone. Construction workers perform much of their work dangerously close to the roadway, and one moment of inattentiveness by a driver could seriously hurt or kill a construction worker.

Drivers who receive a citation for failure to slow in a construction zone face a fine of at least $100 and could face losing their driver’s license for a period of time, depending on if someone was hurt or killed as a result of the driver’s failure to slow in the construction zone.

Failure to Slow to Avoid an Accident

Under 625 ILCS 5/11-601(a), a driver can be issued a citation for failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. This statute requires a driver to decrease their speed as necessary to avoid colliding with a person or another vehicle and to exercise due care. Many drivers who are involved in rear-end collisions find themselves with a citation for a failure to slow to avoid an accident. Often drivers who are convicted of this type of traffic offense lose their driver’s license.

Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley

If you have received a citation for failing to slow down in a construction zone or to avoid an accident, you need to fight your ticket. Please contact a skilled Rolling Meadows criminal defense lawyer immediately. Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley at (847) 394-3200 for a consultation on your case.



The Crime of Reckless Driving

September 7th, 2015 at 8:43 pm

illinois traffic attorney, Illinois defense lawyer, Illinois criminal lawyer,One of the most common traffic violations is reckless driving since so many of a driver’s actions while behind the wheel could be construed as reckless driving. Illinois law enforcement and the courts are strict when it comes to reckless driving charges because the driver’s actions may have:

  • Put others on the roadway at risk;
  • Resulted in property damage to another; or
  • Caused an accident where another person was injured or killed.

What is Reckless Driving?

 According to Section 625 ILCS 5/11-503, reckless driving occurs when a person drives a vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others, or it a person knowingly drives a vehicle so quickly up an inclined roadway, such as a hill or railroad crossing, as to cause the vehicle to become airborne.

The language of Illinois’ reckless driving statute is often broadly construed by law enforcement, and many drivers are ticketed, or even arrested on the spot, after driving at a high rate of speed, swerving between lanes or around other vehicles, tailgating, not using turn signals properly, or aggressively weaving in and out of traffic – all under the pretenses that the driver was operating the vehicle in a way that willfully or wantonly disregards the safety of others on the roadway.

Reckless Driving Charges Are Serious

Reckless driving charges should never be taken lightly. A reckless driving charge is at the very minimum a Class A misdemeanor. However, there are situations where the charges can be upgraded or enhanced. For instance:

  • When reckless driving causes bodily harm to a child or school crossing guard performing his or her crossing guard duties, the reckless driving charges are upgraded to a Class 4 felony;
  • When reckless driving causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement of another, the charge is upgraded to aggravated reckless driving, which is a Class 4 felony; and
  • When the reckless driving causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement of a child or school crossing guard performing his or her crossing guard duties, the charge is upgraded to aggravated reckless driving, and is a Class 3 felony.

A Reckless Driving Conviction on a Criminal Record

It is important to fight the reckless driving charges that are pending against you because a conviction results in no less than a misdemeanor, which means that you will have a criminal record if convicted. In addition to resulting in a criminal record, a reckless driving conviction can:

  • Result in a year’s worth of jail time;
  • Cost $2,500 in the payment of a fine;
  • Make it so that you are ineligible to have other arrests or charges against you expunged or sealed; and
  • Land you a significant amount of community service.

Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley

If you have received a citation for reckless driving, you need to fight the charges that are pending against you. Feel free to contact an experienced Rolling Meadows criminal defense lawyer immediately. Call the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley at (847) 394-3200 for a consultation.



Navigating a Traffic Stop

August 5th, 2014 at 7:00 am

Rolling Meadows traffic violations defense attorneys, traffic stop, traffic stop violations, traffic violations, traffic lawyer, vehicle search, officer safetyPolice can use any number of possible violations as a reason to pull over a vehicle, from an expired registration or broken tail light to erratic driving or speeding. Sometimes, these actions alone constitute violations of an applicable traffic safety law. Other times, law enforcement may use these violations as a pretext to stop a vehicle and determine if another crime has been or is being committed. It is important for citizens to be aware of their rights when being pulled over by a police officer. Read on for advice on what to do if you are pulled over by law enforcement.

Conducting Yourself

If you see an officer attempting to pull you over, drive your car to the nearest safe spot on the side of the road. It is likely in your best interest to be as polite and courteous to the officer as possible at this point. Show you are willing to cooperate by rolling down your window and placing your hands on your steering wheel. Cooperate with any requests to see your driver’s license and registration.

It is important to remain in your vehicle unless the officer asks you to exit it. The officer is within his rights to ask you or your passengers to exit the car and stand on the side of the road, but you should not do so unless it is requested of you. While you should maintain a respectful demeanor in communicating with the officer, avoid sharing too much information or making admissions in the course of the conversation. Brief, straightforward answers are advised, as the officer may attempt to use anything you say against you later in court.

Search of Your Vehicle

There are certain circumstances under which an officer is permitted to further search you or your vehicle in connection with a traffic stop. One such circumstance includes a situation in which the officer reasonably suspects his or her safety to be compromised. In this scenario, an officer may be legally permitted to perform a pat-down of the vehicle’s driver. In addition, any clearly illegal object that are easily viewed by the officer upon the traffic stop may be seized. This may include empty beer or wine bottles, illegal drugs, or drug paraphernalia. If these objects are enough to constitute a criminal arrest, the officer may pat you down after placing you in custody to ensure there are no weapons or other items that can compromise officer safety.

Performing further searches of the vehicle, its contents, or any of the passengers in it usually requires probable cause, a higher standard that involves officers having a more definite justification that a vehicle’s occupants are involved in criminal activity. Police officers, too, can perform a more thorough search of a vehicle if given permission by the driver or possibly in connection with the driver’s arrest.

Criminal Defense Attorney

The attorneys at The Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley have experience defending clients who have been charged with traffic offenses in both Cook and DuPage County. Contact our Rolling Meadows traffic violations defense attorneys today to schedule a consultation.

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