Attorney Brian Lohse can handle minor traffic violations in the Mundelein Traffic Court for his clients. Lohse Law only handles minor moving violations (speeding tickets, red light violations, failure to yield, etc.) in the Mundelein Traffic Court in Lake County Illinois. Lohse Law does not handle any felony tickets or DUI matters.
Attorney Lohse will meet and discuss with you about what your priorities are and your desired outcome. He will then negotiate with the prosecuting attorney on your behalf. Here are a few different situations or scenarios that may be desirable.
The Mundelein Traffic Court is the only court Lohse Law offers legal assistance for at this time.
Were you caught speeding?
Possibly in a construction zone?
Did you make an illegal U-Turn?
Did you run through a stop sign or red light?
Are your windows tinted too dark or do you have a crack in your windshield
Did you fail to show proof of insurance, registration, or driver's license to the officer?
Were you caught driving the wrong way or possibly parking in the wrong direction?
Did you fail to stop for pedestrians at a crosswalk?
Did you turn right at a red light?
Did you illegally pass or fail to stop for a school bus or other emergency vehicle?
Speeding of 26 mph or more above the posted speed limit is a Class B Misdemeanor criminal offense. It is punishable by up to six (6) months in jail and a $1,500 fine plus mandatory court costs.
Aggravated Speeding of 35 mph or more above the posted speed limit is a Class A Misdemeanor criminal offense. It is punishable by up to twelve (12) months in jail and a $2,500 fine plus court costs. A criminal conviction can be on your public record if found guilty.
A defendant who pleads guilty -- or is found guilty by the court after a trial -- for either of the above misdemeanors, faces the possible entry of a misdemeanor conviction on their public record among other penalties imposed by the court.
Fortunately, under the most recent changes in the Illinois traffic laws, a driver may be eligible for Court Supervision. Court Supervision is a sentence that prevents a conviction from appearing on the driver's public record so long as the period of supervision is completed successfully without any further traffic violations or offenses. To be eligible for court supervision, the driver cannot have been convicted or been given Court Supervision for aggravated speeding in the past.
Unfortunately, the law prohibits court supervision for aggravated speeding in highway-construction zones, school zones or in urban districts. If a driver pleads guilty or is found guilty after a trial of aggravated speeding in one of these three areas, a conviction is the only available sentence and will be put on the driver's public record. Therefore, an amendment to the charge or a verdict of not guilty after trial is necessary to keep a misdemeanor criminal offense from appearing on the driver's public record.
If it is important to you to have this criminal charge kept off of your record, you should hire an attorney that will try to negotiate with the Prosecuting Attorney to reduce the offense to something less.
The Mundelein Traffic Court is the only court legal assistance is offered for at this time.
The first question usually asked is, "What is this going to cost?"
Legal fees for basic misdemeanors and petty moving violations is $250 for a single court appearance. For this fee, attorney Lohse will negotiate with the prosecuting attorney to get a reduced charge, penalty, fine, etc. Full payment is due in advance to the court hearing (cash, money order, certified check).
If you do not approve of the negotiated plea deal, a trial will be scheduled. Cases that go to trial require the initial payment of $250 plus a retainer fee of $500. Legal fees will billed at an hourly rate of $275 per hour.