Do you have to appear at Chicago traffic court at the Daley Center on a DUI charge or traffic ticket moving violation? Attorney Mike Baker,
with offices in Chicago Illinois and the Northwest suburbs,
can defend you against charges pending against you.
served as a prosecutor for
eight years and prosecuted criminal cases at Skokie courthouse (District 2) for four years. He has a track record
of successfully defending clients in courtrooms throughout Illinois.
- Drinking & Driving Violations Driving While Intoxicated...and Reckless Driving (625 ILCS 5/11-500 to 5/11-505)
- Driving Without a License / With a Suspended License Violation of License Provisions (625 ILCS 5/6-301 to 5/6-307)
- Driving Without Insurance / With Insufficient Insurance Mandatory Insurance (625 ILCS 5/7-601 to 5/7-610)
- Driving Without Registration / With Expired Registration Offenses Against Registration (625 ILCS 5/3-701 to 5/3-711)
- Illegal U-Turn Turning and Starting and Signals on Stopping and Turning (625 ILCS 5/11-801 to 5/11-806)
- Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Hit & Run Accidents (625 ILCS 5/11-401 to 5/11-416)
- Mechanical Violations Equipment of Vehicles (625 ILCS 5, Chapter 12)
- Reckless Driving Driving While Intoxicated...and Reckless Driving (625 ILCS 5/11-500 to 5/11-505)
- Running a Red Light / Stop Sign Traffic Signs, Signals, and Markings (625 ILCS 5/11-301 to 5/11-313)
- Seat Belt / Child Restraint Violations Seat Safety Belts (scroll to 625 ILCS 5/12-603 to 5/12-603.1)
- Speeding Speed Restrictions (625 ILCS 5/11-601 to 5/11-611)
Unlawful Vehicle Modifications Equipment of Vehicles (625 ILCS 5, Chapter 12)
In Illinois, nearly all traffic charges are categorized as either
"petty" or "misdemeanor" offenses.
Petty offenses are those punishable by fine only. They include stop sign
and red light violations, most speeding tickets, lane change violations
and driving without insurance. Fines range from $1.00 to $1,000. Fines
are either payable on the day assessed or on such later date as the
court may direct.
Misdemeanors are divided into three (3) classes, referred to as Class A,
B and C.
Class A is the most serious. It includes violations such as driving
under the influence, speeding 35 or more miles over the posted speed
limit, driving while license suspended or revoked, reckless driving or
leaving the scene of an accident. The possible penalties for Class A
misdemeanors are up to 364 days in jail and/or fines up to $2,500. Day
for day good time credit applies to most misdemeanor jail sentences.
Class B misdemeanors, such as selling or providing a fraudulent driver's
license or permit, carry a possible penalty of up to six (6) months in
jail and/or fines up to $1500. A person who drives a vehicle upon any
highway of this State at a speed that is 26 miles per hour or more but
less than 35 miles per hour in excess of the applicable maximum speed
limit ocmmits a Class B misdemeanor
Class C misdemeanors, such as drag racing, are punishable by jail up to
thirty (30) days and/or fines up to $1,000.
Should a motorist receive three (3) moving violation convictions in a
twelve (12) month period, regardless of the classifications outlined
above---even petty offenses---the Illinois Secretary of State will
suspend the motorist’s driver’s license.
Supervision is a sentencing option available to the court for most
traffic offenses where the defendant has a good driving record. With
Supervision the defendant usually receives a fine, traffic school or
community service and is placed on a definite term of Supervision. If
the defendant complies with the conditions imposed by the court, the
Supervision is then terminated satisfactorily. The defendant does not
receive a conviction on his or her record.
We represent clients charged with felony & misdemeanor driving under the
influence. We advocate for license reinstatement, reduced charges, and
dismissal of charges. We handle traffic violations including speeding
tickets, reckless driving, and driving without a license. We assist
clients at hearings before the Illinois Secretary of State with drivers
license issues including reinstatement, obtaining a restricted license
to drive, and reduction of license suspension periods.