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Attorney Allen will take the time to understand your particular situation and work to protect your driving privileges, your finances, and your future. He has defended clients in hundreds of traffic cases, with results including dismissed tickets, dismissed cases, not guilty verdicts, and reductions to lesser included crimes.

Call to schedule your free consultation: 708-960-0113.

What Are
Traffic Offenses?

As an experienced Chicago defense lawyer and former Cook County prosecutor, Attorney Shay T. Allen knows Illinois traffic laws in detail. He handled thousands of traffic matters as a prosecutor and now applies that experience to defend clients facing charges that include:

  • Speeding and Aggravated Speeding
  • Reckless driving, hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident, fleeing and eluding
  • Driving on a suspended license or without a license, driving an unregistered vehicle or driving without insurance
  • DUI

Are Traffic Violations
Considered Crimes Offenses?


Make sure minor offenses do not add up to major problems. If you find yourself with a speeding ticket or face a more serious charge, seek the help of an experienced traffic lawyer.

Traffic violations can have major consequences that go well beyond fines. These and other important factors affect your case and potential penalties:

  • Number of Violations: Being convicted of three moving violations within one year will cause your license to be suspended. Minor violations can also affect your ability to get or retain a Commercial Driver’s License.
  • License Status: Driving without a license or with a suspended license can result in a prison term. Driving on a suspended license could be a felony if your suspension was connected to a DUI or reckless homicide.
  • Speed, Injuries, and Damages: Jail time is a possibility for speeding 31 mph or more above the limit, for causing personal injury, or property damage in a hit and run incident. Reckless driving that causes bodily harm is a felony charge. Contact us now.

Were you
Charged with Related Crimes?

Traffic violations are many times accompanied by related criminal offenses for which Attorney Allen can defend you of including:

How long is suspension of license if convicted off fleeing and/or eluding the police?

Upon receiving notice of such conviction the Secretary of State shall suspend the drivers license of the person so convicted for a period of not more than 6 months for a first conviction and not more than 12 months for a second conviction.

What is considered fleeing or attempting to elude a peace (police) officer or other law enforcement?

Any driver or operator of a motor vehicle who, having been given a visual or audible signal by a peace officer directing such driver or operator to bring his vehicle to a stop, wilfully fails or refuses to obey such direction, increases his speed, extinguishes his lights, or otherwise flees or attempts to elude the officer, is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

What are considered misdemeanor traffic offense in Illinois?

The most commonly prosecuted misdemeanor traffic offenses include the following:
• driving under the influence (DUI)
• driving on a suspended or revoked license
• speeding 30 mph or more in excess of the limit
• drag racing
• reckless driving
• leaving the scene of a property damage accident
• fleeing or attempting to elude the police
• driving a commercial vehicle while license is suspended, revoked, or driver has been placed out of service

Do I need a lawyer or attorney for a misdemeanor traffic offense arrest and charge?

Traffic violations classified as misdemeanors can be punishable by a fine, a jail sentence or both. Persons charged with such offenses should consult an attorney immediately.