Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has officially signed a law known as Julie's Law, which increases the legal penalties for those who exceed 25 mph over the posted speed limit. Julie's Law, which will go into effect July 1st, 2013, prohibits judges from issuing court supervision, a type of driving probation that can be likened to a slap on the wrist for speeders.
Speeding is one of the most common offenses in Cook County -- yet its severe consequences are often overlooked by Chicagoans. Most Illinois drivers are unaware that speeding can be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, which carries the same penalties as drunk driving and battery offenses -- also Class A misdemeanors. While speeding over 25 mph may still be charged as a Class A misdemeanor, Julie’s Law will intensify the penalties and bar judges from placing speeders under court supervision.
This new law will likely result in an upswing of Cook County residents jailed for speeding violations, which legislators hope will prevent speeding-related accidents and deaths.
While a speeding ticket may appear to be a simple citation, do not underestimate its legal consequences. As a former traffic prosecutor, Attorney Matt Fakhoury has an extensive record of success in fighting speeding violations. If you have been cited for speeding in the Chicagoland area, call the Law Offices of M. Fakhoury today for a free case review.
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