Your Lake County traffic ticket for speeding in a school is more serious than a regular speeding ticket. In many basic speeding ticket cases, you are permitted to resolve the charge without appearing in court. If you were ticketed for speeding in a school zone, you must appear in court before a judge.
Additionally, in a standard speeding ticket case, you may be eligible to receive a sentence of court supervision. Court supervision is a type of sentence that keeps a conviction from hitting your Illinois driving record.
In a school zone speeding case, you are not allowed to receive a sentence of court supervision for that charge. See, 730 ILCS 5/5-6-1(f). This makes your traffic ticket for speeding in a school zone a mandatory conviction offense. Because your speeding in a school zone ticket is a mandatory conviction offense, the HoffmanLaw Office views your ticket as more serious than a regular speeding violation.
More specifically, if you plead guilty to or are found guilty of a Lake County speeding in a school zone offense, you will be convicted of the violation. The traffic court judge simply does not have the option of placing you on court supervision for this type of ticket. If you are convicted, the Lake County court system will forward that conviction to the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State. The Office of the Illinois Secretary of State then would record that conviction for speeding in a school zone on your Illinois driving record.
The Illinois speeding in a school zone law states that you are permitted to drive no faster than 20 miles per hour in a school zone. See, 625 ILCS 5/11-605(a)(3). According to this law, there are a number of factors required to be in existence to designate an area a school zone.
First, the day of the week must be a school day. Second, school children must be present and “so close thereto that a potential hazard exists because of the close proximity of the motorized traffic.” Third, the maximum school zone speed limit is in effect between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Fourth, signs must be posted on the streets and advise drivers that they are approaching a school zone, that they are in a school zone, and of the maximum speed limit in effect during school days when children are present.
Your Lake County speeding in a school zone ticket is a petty offense, punishable by, as stated above, a mandatory conviction, as well as by a minimum fine of $200 for a first violation and $350 for a second or subsequent violation, plus court costs. A petty offense is a type of ticket that is not strictly criminal in nature and does not carry a potential jail sentence.
If you are charged with speeding in a school zone at a rate of speed that is 26 or more miles per hour over the school zone speed limit, then you are charged with a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is a criminal offense. We discuss misdemeanor speeding in a school zone further down this page.
School Zone Speeding FACTS
If you are found guilty, your traffic ticket for speeding in a school zone is a mandatory conviction offense.
Speeding in a school zone has a minimum fine of $200, and of $350 for a second or subsequent offense.
Special Signs Required
Signs that comply with the Illinois school zone speeding law must be posted and designate the area a school zone.
Court Appearance Required
Your school zone speeding ticket requires that you appear in front of a judge in traffic court.
Maximum Speed Limit
Under Illinois law, the maximum speed limit in a designated school zone is 20 miles per hour.
On School Days
School zone speed limits are in effect on school days, when school children are present, between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m..
The HoffmanLaw Office defends drivers against school zone speeding tickets at all of the Lake County, Illinois traffic courts. We have defended clients against school zone speeding allegations in the Lake County traffic courts for many years. We understand the issues involved in your school zone speeding case. We have a strong track record of success in reaching positive outcomes of school zone speeding charges.
As your attorney in your speeding in a school zone case, we will look closely at the facts involved. We know if you are found guilty and convicted of this charge, your driving record will suffer. For this reason, we will take your school zone speeding ticket very seriously. We will work hard to protect your driving record.
Not only does the HoffmanLaw Office have many years of experience defending drivers just like you against Lake County school zone speeding tickets, but we also have a proven track record of success in achieving excellent resolutions in school zone speeding cases. We have defended many such cases over the years where, through tough and persistent negotiation, we have successfully convinced the prosecution not only to reduce our client's charge but to agree to a court supervision disposition on a different offense entirely.
Our creativity in resolving school zone speeding tickets does not end with our proven ability to negotiate. It continues through the skills we use at trial. If we are unable to reach an agreement with the prosecution that favorably resolves your school zone speeding ticket, we will bring almost twenty years of Lake County trial experience to fighting your case at trial. The HoffmanLaw Office is dedicated to protecting your driving record and to keeping you on the road.
Our creativity in resolving school zone speeding tickets does not end with our proven ability to negotiate. It continues through the skills we use at trial . . . We will bring almost twenty years of Lake County trial experience to fighting your case.
~Attorney Matt Hoffman, the HoffmanLaw Office
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What is Speeding in a School Zone?
Driving in Excess of 20 Miles Per Hour
While Passing a School Zone
On a School Day When Children are Present
The HoffmanLaw Office always is focused on the presumption of innocence. Building on this presumption, the HoffmanLaw Office performs a systemmatic and searching ANALYSIS of the facts alleged in your case. This intensive analysis exposes weakness in the prosecution's evidence and develops powerful defense arguments and strategies.
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.
The HoffmanLaw Office views every time it appears in court with you as an opportunity to achieve RESULTS. Whether it is negotiating during a pretrial conference, cross-examining a witness, or delivering a closing argument at trial, the HoffmanLaw Office strives to be your best advocate at all times.
There is an even more serious version of speeding in a school zone than the petty offense, non-court-supervisionable version described above. This is the misdemeanor speeding in a school zone ticket. See, 625 ILCS 5/11-605(e-5). Like its petty offense counterpart, misdemeanor speeding in a school zone does not permit a disposition of court supervision. It is a mandatory conviction offense. Also like its petty offense version, a misdemeanor school zone speeding ticket requires that you appear in court.
Your misdemeanor speeding in a school zone ticket is criminal in nature. This means it is punishable by jail time.
It is a class B misdemeanor to commit the offense of speeding in a school zone at a speed that is at least 26 miles per hour but not more than 34 miles per hour over the school zone speed limit. Your class B misdemeanor school zone speeding ticket is punishable by up to a $1,500 fine and up to 180 days in jail.
It is a class A misdemeanor to commit the offense of speeding in a school zone at a speed that is 35 or more miles per hour over the school zone speed limit. Your class A misdemeanor school zone speeding ticket is punishable by up to a $2,500 fine and up to 364 days in jail.
The HoffmanLaw Office works hard to protect drivers facing misdemeanor school zone speeding tickets. Not only do these charges prohibit court supervision, but also they are punishable by high fines and potential jail time. Both judges and prosecutors take misdemeanor school zone speeding tickets very seriously, especially since these tickets claim that you were travelling at a high rate of speed while children were present nearby.
If we defend you in your Lake County misdemeanor school zone speeding case, we will pay close attention to the potential penalties and negative outcomes we will be trying to avoid. We will look at the facts of your case and inquire about your driving record. We will put the facts into a favorable perspective when arguing your case to a judge or prosecutor in court. Not only will we seek to protect you against harsh potential penalties, but we will push hard for positive results. We are a goal-oriented law firm. We are forever in pursuit of positive solutions.
We understand that if you are facing a misdemeanor school zone speeding charge, you are defending a serious alleged violation. Yet, we know also that we might be able to favorably resolve your case by making strong and intelligent arguments on your behalf. We stand by our clients in Lake County traffic court. As your attorney, we will stand by you and dedicate ourselves to building a strong defense of your case.
We are a goal-oriented law firm. We are forever in pursuit of positive solutions.
~Attorney Matt Hoffman, the HoffmanLaw Office
Defending Serious Misdemeanor School Zone Speeding Tickets in Lake County Illinois Traffic Court
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