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Texting and Driving

Becuase almost everone owns a cell phone, texting violations are becoming more common. The laws in Illinois strictly prohibit the use of cell phones while driving.  Individuals are not allowed to use their devices unless they have a hands-free system installed. In other words, talking on your phone or texting without the right technology in your vehicle can distract you, which may result in traffic infractions or accidents.

Hands Free Cell Phone Tickets Can be Beat in Court

There are different laws governing the use of cell phone while driving, depending on the state. In Illinois, You could be pulled over for using your cell phone while driving. The officer will not need to cite another infraction in order to issue you a cell phone ticket. Illegal cell phone use in California is defined by a few key components:

• Driver is using a handheld cell phone
• Driver is using a hands-free cell phone with earpieces covering both ears
• Driver is under the age of 18, regardless of handheld or hands-free

There is a difference between handheld and hands-free phone operations, Illinois law enforcement officials accept that the latter is a safer option. With these stipulations, it’s easy to see that violations regarding cell phone use while driving can be difficult to interpret. There is certainly room for traffic tickets to be issued in error.  Contact us today for a FREE consultation 773-609-4108

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Hands Free Cell Phone Tickets Can be Beat in Court

A texting while driving traffic ticket may be issued by a police officer just as soon as the police officer witnesses you using your cell phone while driving. It can even occur while you're sitting at a red stop light waiting for it to turn green. A common misconception is that the authorities can ticket someone for texting only if they commit another offense, such as running a red light or crashing into a vehicle. Even though traffic infractions involving texting are on the rise, many individuals recieve their ticket while their vehicle is not moving. 

Does a Cell Phone Ticket Go on Your Driving Record?

Cell phone tickets are considered a moving violation and they do get reported to the secretary of state as a traffic infraction. In addition to the negatice record, these tickets can be costly. If you were abiding by all conditions required to make the use of your cell phone safe and legal, then there is no reason you should be held accountable for this citation.

If you got yourself in this type of situation, you need someone who knows how to get out of a cell phone ticket. We’ll protect your rights as a driver and ensure that you don’t have to pay the price incurred from these expensive violations.

Fight Your Ticket With the Help of a Professional

Our state is taking distracted driving more seriously. On July 1st, 2019, House Bill 4846 took effect in Illinois. Under the new texting and driving law (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2), a first-time offense of operating a vehicle while using a handheld mobile device will count as a “moving violation.” In other words, a cell phone ticket will appear on a motorist’s driving record. Drivers who commit too many moving violations, including cell phone violations, could have their license suspended. Previously, Illinois treated first-time cell phone tickets as ‘non-moving violations’—so this is a significant change.

A lawyer for cell phone ticket can craft a strong defense in your favor. He or she can clarify if you were driving an emergency vehicle, making an emergency call, on private property or playing with another device instead, such as a GPS. If you were, then there’s a good possibility that you might receive a favorable outcome at a trial.

Fight Your Ticket With the Help of a Professional

Understand your driving when it comes to cell phone use and avoid an unfair reckless driving ticket. Let us help you when a situation was improperly evaluated. Attorneys at Traffic and Speeding Ticket Law Group know how to investigate. Contact us online today for a free consultation or call us at 773-609-4108