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Texting While Driving Charges in Illinois

Illinois law bans the use of electronic devices while driving in most circumstances. If you are cited for texting and/or cell phone use while driving, it will not only result in a fine, but it can also lead to higher insurance rates and eventually the loss of your driving privileges. Before taking any further action, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced traffic violations attorney, so you understand your rights and options.

At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we have provided skilled representation for all types of criminal cases in Northern Illinois since 1979. From minor traffic violations, to multiple DUIs, to serious felonies, our award-winning attorneys have extensive experience dealing with such cases from both sides. We have former prosecutors and public defenders on our team that have successfully litigated criminal cases at all levels of the state and federal judicial system. We have an in-depth understanding of the inner workings of the Illinois courts, and we put this experience to work to explore every potential legal avenue to secure a positive outcome for our clients.

We are highly recognized not only for our skill and experience, but also for our tireless commitment to protecting the interests of each client we serve. Our lawyers are honest, straightforward, and accessible. We know that even a seemingly minor offense such as texting while driving can turn into a major problem in the future, and this is why we devote the utmost attention to each case we handle. When you are cited for any type of traffic offense, we will go to work immediately to assess the circumstances and craft the most effective defense strategy.

Texting and Cell Phone Use While Driving in Illinois

Illinois prohibits the use of all hand-held devices while driving, although drivers are permitted to make calles when a phone is in hands-free mode; such as when using a headset, speakerphone, or Bluetooth technology. However, drivers under the age of 19 are completely prohibited from using phones or electronic devices, even when in hands-free mode. There are rare exceptions to the laws regarding cell phone use, including when contacting or communicating with emergency services, when pulled over to the side of the road, or when stopped in traffic while a vehicle is in neutral or park.

The state electronic device use while driving law is referred to as a “primary law.” This means a police officer does not need to witness another traffic violation to pull you over for this offense. As with speeding and other moving violations, a conviction will result in points being added to your driving record, as well as fines. Too many points will cause your license to become suspended or revoked. If you cause someone else to suffer great bodily harm, disfigurement, or death due to talking on a phone or texting while driving, you may be charged with the offense of aggravated use of an electronic communication device. If this offense results in someone's great bodily harm or disfigurement, you may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. If an offense results in someone's death, this offense is a Class 4 felony.

Contact Our Naperville Texting While Driving Defense Lawyers

If you have been cited for texting and/or cell phone use while driving, it is wise to speak with an attorney that thoroughly understands the law and who can explain the options you have to reduce or eliminate the negative consequences of this charge. At Mevorah & Giglio Law Offices, we work hard to make things as convenient as possible for our clients. We offer free initial consultations, so there is no risk for you to have one of our lawyers assess your case. In addition, we keep extended evening and weekend hours to accommodate your busy schedule. Contact our office today at 630-932-9100 to schedule your consultation.

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