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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:


reckless driving, aggravated speeding, Illinois criminal defense attorneyEveryone gets speeding tickets once in a while. There are myriad of reasons for it—and while it sometimes may be possible to “talk yourself out of a ticket” with Illinois police officers, if you are pulled over for aggravated speeding, the chance of getting a ticket, and a hefty one, increases exponentially. While a normal speeding ticket may only result in supervision as a sentencing option, if the speed at which you were driving can be categorized as aggravated speeding, Illinois state law allows for a misdemeanor conviction. This is true whether you are found guilty in court or whether you enter a guilty plea for the speeding offense.

So what classifies as aggravated speeding in Illinois? If you are found to be going more than 26 miles over the posted speed limit—regardless of the reason, even if it is a qualifiable emergency—you are subject to an aggravated speeding charge. This charge will stay on your driving record for up to seven years.

The effects of aggravated speeding are not only legal in nature. A person guilty of the charge will likely have a severe effect on his driver’s record and insurance rates. Insurance rates, of course, increase significantly when a person is found guilty of so-called normal speeding. By some estimates, the national average cost of car insurance increases a surprising 22 percent with a reckless driving charge. This is a higher rate of increase than even a DUI charge carries, which averages about 19 percent.


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traffic ticket, quota, Northbrook Criminal Defense AttorneyA new law recently signed by governor will go into effect in Illinois January 1, 2015. The new law bans police departments from issuing traffic ticket quotas to officers. It also prohibits departments from including the number of tickets an officer writes when it comes time to determine raises or promotions. The law applies to all state, county and municipal law enforcement officers.

In statements, both the governor and several lawmakers who favored the bill, pointed out that police having traffic ticket quotas often erodes the public trust and that eliminating the quotas will not only restore that trust, but allow police officers to focus on their job of protecting the public.

In his statement, Governor Quinn said, “Law enforcement officers should have discretion on when and where to issue traffic citations and not be forced to issue traffic tickets to motorists to satisfy a quota system. This new law will improve safety and working conditions for police officers and prevent motorists from facing unnecessary anxiety when they encounter a police vehicle.”


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Every state has different laws related to speeding, and different speed limits for highways, freeways and smaller roads, but being from out of state is no excuse for not following the speed limits.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, the basic speed rule for Illnois is, “A person shall not drive a vehicle upon any highway at a speed which is greater than is reasonable and proper with regard to traffic conditions and the use of the highway, or endangers the safety of any person or property.”

The statutory speed limit in Illinois is 65 mph on toll highways and highways with four or more lanes, then the speed limit decreases accordingly for other highways, urban streets, etc. Along with not exceeding the maximum speed limit on any given road, it is also important for drivers not to drive too slow, as that can be just as dangerous and going too fast.

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