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No supervision for speeding more than 25 mph over the limit in Illinois

August 25, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn signed important legislation this summer that changes Illinois Vehicle Code penalties. But not many are noticing because the law doesn’t go into effect until July 1, 2013. The legislation was Senate Bill 2888, and it changes eligibility for supervision. The legislation is important because three convictions on moving violations within any 12-month […]

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The rule of strict liability in traffic court

June 24, 2012
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One of the most important rules in criminal cases is that court cannot convict a person of a crime unless the prosecution has proven that the defendant had the requisite mental state. The prosecution must prove that the defendant intended to commit a crime. The Illinois constitution prohibits the prosecution from convicting a person of […]

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New law in legislature would ban talking on cell phones while driving in Illinois

February 29, 2012
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The Illinois legislature is currently debating a bill that would prohibit the use of cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. At the present time, nine states in the country have already banned cell phone use while driving. However, hands free cell phone use is still legal in all those nine states. It is expected […]

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Failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident: an issue of fault

February 7, 2012
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In the seconds after a traffic accident, most people’s thoughts are to check that no one is injured. There is something altruistic in human nature that causes us to look out for the safety of others in a crisis. But as long as no one is hurt, that altruistic feeling passes quickly. The next thought […]

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