DuPage County Speeding Ticket Lawyers
Defense from Penalties and Fines for Construction Zone Violations
If you have received a traffic violation for speeding, you might consider proceeding without an attorney, but not all speeding tickets carry comparable penalties. If you are traveling through a construction zone when you are cited for speeding, you face mandatory minimum fines, higher maximum fines and a potential suspension of your driver’s license if you have a recent prior conviction.
Given the stiff penalties for speeding violation in work zones, you cannot afford to proceed without an experienced DuPage traffic ticket attorney to protect your interests. If you receive a ticket for a violation of speeding in a construction, highway or maintenance work zone, 625 ILCS 5/11-605-1 of the Vehicle Code, the officer will write “must appear” on the citation. You cannot resolve this type of moving violation by mailing in a fine or paying the fine to the Clerk of the Circuit Court through an “over the counter” appearance.
Penalties for Speeding in a Work Zone in Illinois
The steep fines and other severe penalties for speeding in a construction zone in Illinois are based on the danger to workers and others traveling through these chaotic areas. Workers are potentially in the path of traffic, and heavy equipment and barricades can cause obstructions that result in collisions, which provides the public policy behind these increased penalties.
If you are found guilty of this serious moving violation, the judge is required to impose a minimum fine of $375 for a first offense even if you receive court supervision. A second conviction will result in a minimum fine of $1,000. The Secretary of State will suspend your driver’s license for 90 days if a second conviction occurs within two years of a prior conviction of this offense.
Relevance of Presence of Public Workers in the Construction Zones
Many people receive speeding tickets in construction zones because they fail to slow their speed fast enough from as much as 65 mph to 45 mph when moving into a construction zone. While the presence of construction workers generally is not necessary to receive a ticket for failing to reduce your speed in a construction zone, there is an exception to this rule. If your violation occurs in a photo enforced construction zone, you cannot be convicted of committing this traffic offense unless at least one worker is present.
Construction Zone Speeding Ticket Lawyers
If you are facing the steep penalties associated with speeding in a maintenance zone, you need an experienced DuPage traffic ticket lawyer from Ramsell & Kunowski, L.L.C. to defend you. We might be able to challenge the evidence presented to prove you were speeding. We invite you to call us today at 630-256-8001 or to send us an email to schedule your free consultation in our conveniently located office in Naperville, or we can even come to you if you are incarcerated. We also have offices in Wheaton and in St. Charles or Rolling Meadows by appointment. We are ready to start fighting for you.