Often we see people pulled over and think, they just have been speeding or we are glad not to be the one getting the ticket. A ticket, we think, impacts our driving record. But what we sometimes fail to remember is that a speeding violation can cost more than a mark on your driving record, it can cost real money.
We recently saw in the news that former Chicago Bear Richard Dent was fined $924 for speeding at a rate over 100 miles per hour in a 55 mph speed zoned area on the Edens Expressway. In addition, he has to pay his lawyer and appear back in court.
Speeding is not such a simple blemish on the record. For most people, it can cost much more.
In Illinois, fines can be imposed for up to $2500 in some instances, and even include a criminal conviction, which is as serious as a DUI, for being caught traveling at speeds upwards of 26 over the limit.
It is very important, not only for your record but often for your pocketbook, to retain a lawyer and fight your case in court. With a lawyer you can challenge and provide a defense to the charges and allegations you are facing.