A ticket for speeding in a construction zone in Lake County, Illinois can damage your driving record. Not only does this type of traffic ticket state you were speeding, but it also likely alleges you were speeding in an area where the speed was reduced in order to protect road construction workers. If you are convicted of speeding in a construction zone, that conviction will be recorded on your Illinois driving record and could become available to your insurance company.

The HoffmanLaw Office defends drivers like you who are charged with speeding in a construction or maintenance zone in Lake County, Illinois. We have almost two decades of experience handling Lake County construction zone speeding tickets. We defend drivers throughout the Lake County traffic court system, including at the courthouses located in Mundelein, Park City, Waukegan and Round Lake Beach. If the HoffmanLaw Office defends you against a construction zone speeding ticket, it will be our goal to reach an outcome that protects both your driving record and your driving privileges.





The Lake County courts treat your traffic ticket for speeding in a construction or maintenance zone more seriously than a simple petty offense speeding ticket. A number of different factors account for why.

A simple speeding ticket alleges that you were driving above the applicable speed limit. Your construction or work zone speeding ticket alleges the same act of speeding, but contains an additional element that you were speeding in a designated construction or maintenance zone. The existence of this additional element— that allegedly you were speeding in an area that was marked as a construction or work zone— gives rise to stronger possible penalties and potentially more serious negative consequences for your driving record.

The HoffmanLaw Office has many years of experience defending drivers like you against Lake County construction and work zone speeding tickets in the various branch traffic courts in Mundelein, Park City and Round Lake Beach. We understand the specific and different issues you are facing in dealing with your Lake County construction or work zone speeding ticket.

If we defend you in your Lake County construction or work zone speeding case, it will be our goal to reach an effective resolution of your ticket. We will seek to minimize the damages to your driving record and to protect your driving privileges. We have almost twenty years of experience in handling construction and work zone speeding tickets in the Lake County traffic courts.

The Illinois construction zone speeding law states that you cannot drive a vehicle in a “construction or maintenance speed zone” at a speed above the posted speed limit. See, 625 ILCS 5/11-605.1. The law also differentiates between situations when workers are present and when workers are not present.

According to this law, a “construction or maintenance speed zone” is a stretch of road where signs have been posted advising drivers they are approaching such a zone, or where a lower speed limit applies for safety reasons due to road construction or maintenance, or where the speed limit has been left unchanged but the area has been designated such a zone. See, 625 ILCS 5/11-605.1(c). The signs posted must give you proper warning that you are approaching a construction or maintenance speed zone. The signs also must indicate the maximum speed limit in effect. The signs are required to state the amount of the minimum fine for a violation.

If you are charged with the petty offense of speeding in a construction or maintenance zone, as opposed the misdemeanor version which is discussed below, the minimum fine is $375 for a first violation and $1,000 for a second of subsequent violation. See, 625 ILCS 5/11-605.1(d), (e). For a second or subsequent violation of this law within 2 years of a previous violation, the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State will suspend your driver’s license for 90 days, if during the current violation and during at least one prior violation workers were present in the construction or maintenance zone.

Your Lake County speeding in a construction or maintenance zone ticket requires that you appear in court before a judge. Although you may be eligible for a disposition of court supervision in your case, which would keep a conviction from reaching your Illinois driving record, you are not permitted to receive court supervision for speeding in a construction or maintenance zone by requesting supervision by mail.

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Court Appearance Required

Your Lake County construction zone speeding ticket requires that you appear in front of a judge in traffic court.

Minimum Fines Apply

Construction zone speeding tickets carry a minimum $375.00 fine for a first offense, a minimum $1,000.00 fine for a second offense. Court costs also can apply.

Possible License Suspension

A second speeding in a construction zone violation when workers are present that occurred within a 2 year period will cause a 90 day license suspension.

Workers Present or Not

You can be ticketed for construction zone speeding whether or not workers are present.

Your Lake County speeding in a construction or maintenance zone ticket does not have to automatically ruin your driving record. If we defend you in Lake County traffic court against this type of charge, we will take the facts and circumstances of your case into consideration in developing an effective defense. We know, fundamentally, that even though you are charged with this offense, you are presumed innocent of the violation and you have the right to a trial.

The HoffmanLaw Office has defended many drivers just like you over the years against construction zone speeding charges throughout the entire Lake County traffic court system. As your attorney, we will question the prosecution’s case, endeavor to hear and learn from your side of the story, and closely examine whether the prosecution has the evidence necessary to prove the violation.

As you can see from the preceding discussion, the offense of speeding in a construction zone has a number of different elements the prosecution must prove at trial. If any one of these elements is missing, then you should be found not-guilty of the charge.

The HoffmanLaw Office has the knowledge and experience necessary, developed over many years of traffic defense practice in the Lake County courts, to devise and implement a powerful defense of your case. Also, we understand the importance of keeping your driving record clean.

Not only does the HoffmanLaw Office have almost twenty years of Lake County trial experience, but we have a strong record of achieving creative resolutions in construction zone speeding cases by negotiating for known and agreed-upon results. We have accomplished many resolutions in construction zone speeding cases where our clients have benefitted from reduced charges and also avoided convictions for any offense.

If we defend your Lake County speeding in a construction or maintenance zone case, we will explore different options aimed at protecting your driving record and keeping you on the road.


As your attorney, we will question the prosecution’s case, endeavor to hear and learn from your side of the story, and closely examine whether the prosecution has the evidence necessary to prove the violation.

~Attorney Matt Hoffman, the HoffmanLaw Office


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Police in Lake County routinely enforce reduced speed limits in construction zones on local roadways. Often in these areas the regular speed limit has been reduced. Drivers are required to proceed at lower speeds than would be allowed if the areas were not under construction. A problem for drivers is that these tickets carry higher than normal fines and can damage their driving records. The HoffmanLaw Office understands these important issues and will work hard to reach a positive outcome of your construction zone speeding case.

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The HoffmanLaw Office strives to know completely the facts and law of your case. In traffic court, good results do not often emerge by chance. They come through intense PREPARATION that lays the groundwork for success. When you select the HoffmanLaw Office as your legal advocate, you team yourself with a philosophy of extreme preparation.

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Facing a Lake County Illinois Speeding in a Construction or Maintenance Zone Ticket?




Speeding 26 or more miles per hour over the speed limit in a construction or maintenance zone is a misdemeanor offense. The penalties for speeding in a construction or maintenance zone increase if you are charged with driving 26 or more miles per hour over the speed limit. The Illinois Vehicle code designates driving 26 or more miles per hour over the speed limit in a construction or maintenance zone an “aggravated” offense. See, 625 ILCS 5/11-605.1(d-5). As a result, driving 26 or more miles per hour over the speed limit in a construction or maintenance zone is punished not as a petty, non-jailable offense, but as a misdemeanor, and therefore jailable violation.

There are two levels of misdemeanor speeding in construction or maintenance zone offenses. Driving between 26 and 34 miles per hour over the speed limit in a construction or maintenance zone is a class B misdemeanor violation. A class B misdemeanor traffic ticket is punishable by up to a $1,500 fine and by up to 180 days in jail. Driving 35 or more miles per hour over the speed limit in a construction or maintenance zone is a class A misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and by up to 364 days in jail.

Your misdemeanor speeding in a construction or maintenance zone ticket is criminal in nature.

The HoffmanLaw Office defends clients against serious misdemeanor construction zone speeding tickets in Lake County traffic court. We have many years of experience defending drivers like you against misdemeanor speeding allegations. We understand the issues in your misdemeanor construction zone speeding case. We know the challenges this type of charge presents, particularly in that it is a non-supervisionable offense.

Protecting your driving record is of paramount importance to the HoffmanLaw Office. To this end, if we defend you against your misdemeanor speeding in a construction zone case, we will push for a positive outcome. We have a strong and proven track record of obtaining, through tough and intelligent negotiations, results that involve no jail time, lead to reductions of the original charges, and avoid convictions of any kind. We believe it is our job to closely analyze the charges you are facing and to pursue excellent resolutions of the problems they present.

If a negotiatiated outcome cannot be reached, the HoffmanLaw Office has almost twenty years of Lake County trial experience to put to work in resolving your case. Building on the presumption of innocence, and on the fact that the prosecution must prove the misdemeanor allegations against you beyond a reasonable doubt, we will work hard, if your case proceeds all the way to trial, to test and refute the prosecution’s evidence against you and to beat the prosecution’s case.


Building on the presumption of innocence, and on the fact that the prosecution must prove the misdemeanor allegations against you beyond a reasonable doubt, we will work hard, if your case proceeds all the way to trial, to test and refute the prosecution’s evidence against you and to beat the prosecution’s case.

~Attorney Matt Hoffman, the HoffmanLaw Office



Defending Serious Misdemeanor Construction Zone Speeding Tickets in Lake County Illinois Traffic Court

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Can I just plead guilty by mail?

If you are charged with a Lake County construction zone speeding ticket, you are required to appear in court before a judge. You are not allowed to resolve your case by pleading guilty and sending in a fine to the Clerk of the Circuit Court by mail. This rule applies whether you are charged with the petty offense or misdemeanor version of speeding in a construction zone. This rule also applies if all you wish to do is pay a fine and “take” a conviction for the charge. You have every right to appear in court, to plead guilty to the charge, and accept the sentence of the court. But the court rules require that you appear in court to resolve your case. If the HoffmanLaw Office defends your case, we will appear in court with you and fight for a good outcome.

Can I get supervision for speeding in a construction zone?

Court supervision is an available disposition in your speeding in a construction or maintenance zone case, if you are charged with a petty offense and if you are not otherwise barred from a supervision sentence. Under the law, court supervision is viewed as a privilege and not a right. An example of a situation in which you would be so barred would be if you had already received court supervision for moving violations two times within the year preceding the date of the issuance of your construction zone speeding ticket. See, 730 ILCS 5/5-6-1(k). The HoffmanLaw Office has successfully defended many drivers who have found themselves in that situation. If you are charged with misdemeanor speeding in a construction zone, you are not allowed to receive court supervision for that offense.

Are there requirements for construction zone signs?

The Illinois speeding in a construction or maintenance zone law itself contains a great deal of information regarding the signs that must be posted to alert drivers that they are both approaching and then actually within a construction zone. See, 625 ILCS 5/11-605.1(c). The law calls a “construction or maintenance speed zone” an area in which signs have been posted designating the area as such. These signs must also state the applicable speed limit and the minimum fine for a speeding violation within the zone. This law authorizes the Department of the State Police, the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, or local agencies to post these signs. If required signs were missing, that is an issue you should be entitled to raise in court.

Do workers have to be present?

The Illinois speeding in a construction or maintenance zone law does not require that workers were present within the construction or maintenance speed zone when you were ticketed. In fact, the police can charge you with this offense even if no workers were present at all. In the experience of the HoffmanLaw Office, sometimes the police officer who issued you your ticket will notate your ticket “Workers Present.” This notation will put the prosecutor and the judge on notice that your ticket was issued when workers allegedly were present in the construction or maintenance zone. Judges and prosecutors generally view construction zone speeding tickets that claim workers were present to be more serious than tickets that do not.

Who gets to declare a construction speed zone?

The Illinois Department of the State Police, the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, and “local agencies” have the legal authority to declare and designate an area a construction or maintenance speed zone. See, 625 ILCS 5/11-605.1(c). These agencies are permitted to make this designation only after determining that the preexisting speed limit would no longer be safe, or that the preexisting speed limit remains safe but that additional signs should be posted declaring the area a construction or maintenance speed zone. These agencies are fully aware that speeding tickets issued in these zones carry minimum fines of at least $375, plus court costs.

How does HoffmanLaw defend this ticket?

We ask questions. We try to get to the facts. We work to learn from you what happened out on the street on the date and time you were ticketed. We might ask you about what the police officer claimed occurred. We might request to review your driving record, in order to become informed of outcomes we would especially desire to avoid. We examine how your ticket was written, and all of the information alleged on your ticket. We look for any problems that might exist in how your ticket was drafted— problems that could work to your advantage in court. We weigh and present you with different options on how to proceed. We anticipate prosecution arguments. We start building counter-arguments to defend your case. And persistently, we advocate for and seek to achieve a good result.

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