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Lake County Speeding ticket attorney Matthew R Gebhardt examines the offense of speeding in Lake County, Illinois.

Most drivers have received at least one speeding ticket over the course of their driving history.  While your experience with past speeding tickets may lead you to believe that this is a minor issue, the laws in Lake County, Illinois have changed dramatically in recent years.  As such, the phrase “it’s only a traffic ticket” no longer applies in Lake County, Illinois.  Recent changes to the traffic laws have greatly increased the penalties for speeding in Lake County, Illinois while at the same time lowering the threshold for determining what amounts to the more serious “Aggravated Speeding” charges.  Lake County speeding ticket attorney Matthew R Gebhardt is well-versed in these changes and can assist you in preserving your driving privileges.

Lake County speeding ticket lawyer Matthew R Gebhardt has included some of the most recent changes below:


Illinois is introducing a massive crime reform bill that will have a major impact on anyone involved in the criminal justice system.  Contact our office to discuss how these changes will impact your rights.

misdemeanor, Lake County criminal defense attorneyWhen some people hear that a crime is a misdemeanor, they automatically assume the crime is not a big deal. While it is true that the punishment for a misdemeanor is usually much less serious than for a felony, a single misdemeanor can still disrupt your entire life.

What is Happens With Probation

The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor is one year in jail. However, many people who are convicted of a misdemeanor will serve little, if any, jail time. Instead, most will be sentenced to a period of probation.


order of protection, Lake County criminal defense attorneyOrders of protection are often considered a family law issue, as they seek to protect individuals from the dangers of domestic violence. However, they can often become much more complicated than that. If you have been the subject of any type of order of protection out against you, you may find yourself in the middle of a criminal investigation.

Understanding the Process

Regardless of the circumstances leading to its issuance, once the court has issued an order of protection, a law enforcement officer will formally serve the order on you. From that point forward, you must obey all of the provisions in the order. If you are currently living in the same household with the alleged victim, you may be ordered to leave the residence and to find another place to live until the order is dismissed or expires.


Posted on in Identity Theft

identity theft, Skokie criminal defense attorneyThe fraudulent use of credit cards and bank accounts is as old as credit cards and bank accounts. However, the rise of internet connectivity has made identity theft crimes even more common. Illinois recognizes several different types of identity-related white collar crimes.

Types of Identity Theft Crimes

There are four major types of crimes related to stealing another person's identity in Illinois:

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