Getting a ticket for speeding in a school zone in Illinois is more serious than many drivers believe. The state imposes severe penalties on school zone traffic offenders, including the possibility of having your driver’s license suspended. To prevent the negative consequences of a school zone violation, it is important to speak to an experienced attorney immediately.
At the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley, we have been defending Illinois drivers faced with traffic violations for several years. Attorney Cosley is a former prosecutor and Assistant State’s Attorney with vast experience in all areas of criminal law. His in-depth understanding of the Illinois criminal justice system gives his clients a big advantage in fighting the charges against them. From our Rolling Meadows office, our firm represents clients charged with speeding in a school zone in Schaumburg, Naperville, Arlington Heights, and communities throughout Cook County Illinois.
The Illinois Vehicle Code sets special guidelines for drivers passing through a school zone. The speed limit during a school day is set at 20 mph. Under state statute, a school day starts at 7:00 a.m. and continues until 4:00 p.m.; appropriate signs must be posted for the statute to be applicable. Speeding in a school zone is a petty offense with a minimum fine of $150.00 for the first violation and $300.00 for the second violation. However, court supervision is not an option and a conviction cannot be expunged from your driving record.
In addition, three convictions within a 12 month period may result in the suspension of your driver’s license. If you are under age 21, the penalties are even more severe; two convictions within 24 months can cost someone under 21 their driver’s license. Even if you do not reach the point of having your license suspended, your insurance rates will almost certainly increase when your insurer becomes aware of the school zone violations on your driving record.
If you have received a ticket for speeding in a school zone in Illinois, do not pay the ticket right away. Instead, get in touch with an attorney that can help you prevent this violation from becoming a permanent conviction that may jeopardize your driving freedom and bump up your insurance costs. Contact the Law Offices of Christopher M. Cosley today at 847-394-3200 for a free consultation.
We will assess your situation and advise you on the best way forward in fighting your ticket. Our law firm represents clients for criminal law, traffic offenses, DUIs, and juvenile matters in Cook County including the communities of Arlington Heights, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Barrington, South Barrington, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Rosemont, Mount Prospect, Elk Grove, Streamwood, and Schiller Park.