A driver that has received a ticket for going between 26 MPH and 34 MPH has committed a Class B misdemeanor while a driver going over 35 MPH above the posted speed limit has committed a Class A misdemeanor.
When you go to court on a Class A or Class B speeding ticket, the first thing the judge will tell you is that he or she can sentence you to jail. The judge will then give you time to hire an attorney so you do not end up in jail. If you cannot afford an attorney, there is a financial form and application for a public defender that you can complete in the courtroom and have a public defender appointed on your behalf. If you earn a certain income, you are not eligible for a public defender and must hire a private attorney or risk going to jail. Most judges will not let you step before them on a Class A or Class B speeding ticket without an attorney. You will either have a public defender or a private attorney.
While you always have a Constitutional right to appear before the judge without an attorney, make sure you bring your tooth brush when you appear without an attorney, because if you ignore the judge's advice to hire an attorney, you will not be going home and will be spending the night in a concrete cell. Did I say speeding is a very serious crime in Illinois? You better believe that it is!
Most clients scoff when I tell them they risk going to jail. It is hard for most people to understand or believe that they will be sent to jail for a speeding ticket. Well, I am here to bring you to reality, because section 11-601.5(a) & (b) of the Illinois Vehicle Code gives a judge the authority to sentence you to jail. So anytime you enter a courtroom on a Class A or Class B speeding ticket, you risk being sent to jail.
When I verbally inform my clients of these consequences, they most often say that nobody goes to jail on a speeding ticket. The problem is that most clients are not in court on a daily basis, like I am. I have actually had clients in court on Class A speeding tickets receive jail time -- so, you better believe that it DOES happen.
Some more ugly fallout from receiving a Class A or Class B speeding ticket, is the fact that you now have a criminal record. If you are employed by a company or government agency that does not allow its employees to have a criminal record, you may lose your job. Also, if you are currently looking for work or plan on doing so in the future, prospective employers can view your criminal record during the hiring process and they will most likely hire the candidate that does not have a criminal record.
Therefore, it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer shortly after receiving a Class A or Class B speeding ticket. I am happy to discuss your speeding ticket and the consequences with you at no charge. If you decide to hire me as your lawyer, I will then charge you a reasonable fee.
As your lawyer, I am cannot make any guarantees on the results we will obtain in court. What I can guarantee is that I have appeared before most every judge in northern Illinois and have worked with all the various county state's attorney offices. I can also guarantee that I will work tirelessly on your behalf. My goal on Class A or Class B speeding tickets is to keep you out of jail and obtain the best possible results.
Once you receive a speeding ticket, you will be contacted by dozens of lawyers, all making some sort of guarantee. I find this practice dishonest and I won't do it. I will always be honest with you. If you want to hire an honest, compassionate lawyer to defend you in the face of your Class A or Class B speeding ticket, call me, Attorney Tony Gordon at 773-616-3705 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.