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Traffic Offense Lawyers - Rock Island, IL | Bettendorf, IA

Illinois and Iowa Traffic Offense Attorneys

Have you been cited for a traffic violation? Your first instinct may be to pay off the citation to put the violation in the past as quickly as possible. However, this might not be in your best interests. If you feel you have a legitimate argument against the citation, you have every right to plead not guilty and send your case to trial.

When going to trial in front of either a judge or jury, you always want the best legal representation you can get. The Illinois and Iowa traffic offense attorneys at Paulson and Vandersnick have the experience and skill you need to defend your traffic offense case.

Moving and Non-Moving Traffic Violations

Most traffic violations in Illinois or Iowa are not subject to criminal punishment. Fines for committing infractions vary depending on the nature of the offense, but if the violation is severe enough, you may face criminal charge. Every case is obviously different. But if you are facing criminal charges related to a traffic incident, do not make the mistake of defending yourself alone. Contact the traffic offense attorneys at Paulson and Vandersnick immediately.

Traffic infractions are divided into two categories: moving and non-moving violations.

Moving Violations

  • Speeding

  • Running a red light or stop sign

  • Driving with no seat belt attached

  • Driving below the minimum speed

  • Illegal U-turn

  • Drunk driving

  • Fleeing the scene of an accident

Non-Moving Violations

  • Parking illegally

  • Driving with invalid registration

  • Driving with insufficient or no insurance

  • Leaving an unattended vehicle running

  • Mechanical violations (For example, busted brake light)

Strict-Liability Cases

Most traffic infractions are considered “strict-liability” offenses, which means that there is no defense for the act if the prosecutor can prove the defendant commited the act. Criminal intent is not taken into consideration and traffic infraction hearings are considered non-criminal cases. Here are some very common strict-liability offenses:

  • Unpaid or overdue parking meters

  • Speeding

  • Illegally parking in a handicapped zone

  • Failing to use a turn signal

Often, only strong testimony from a law enforcement officer will be enough for the prosecution to win their case. However, you still have a right to fight against what you feel is a wrongful charge and take your traffic offense case to open court. Hiring a traffic offense attorney can be the difference between winning and losing the case.

Traffic Violation Defenses

Traffic defenses are available that, when raised, can make a real difference in the outcome of your case. The attorneys at Paulson and Vandersnick will examine the circumstances of the arrest to determine whether the arresting law enforcement officer violated your rights. Your case will be thoroughly examined to determine the best possible outcome, which could potentially save you money, prevent license points, keep you out of jail, and keep your driving privileges.

Driver's License Suspensions

What does it mean if you drive when your license privileges are canceled, suspended, refused, or revoked? It’s important to understand what is and isn’t allowed, as well as the consequences for defying the law. Contact an attorney at Paulson and Vandersnick to better understand your rights and what is permissible under the law.

Free Consultation for Traffic Offense Cases in Illinois and Iowa

If you have been charged with a serious crime, you simply cannot afford to put your future in the hands of an inexperienced defense lawyer. Contact Illinois and Iowa criminal defense attorneys Paulson and Vandersnick to schedule your free consultation regarding your case.

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