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Joliet traffic violations attorneyIn today’s society, everyone is busy, going from place to place in a hurry. However, speeding in Illinois is a serious criminal offense. Studies show that traveling at a high rate of speed can cause severe and even fatal car accidents. Speed limits are put in place to protect drivers and pedestrians. In school zones, the speed is reduced even more than on other roadways due the presence of young children. According to the Transportation Research Board, approximately 25,000 children are injured and 100 are killed in school zone accidents each year. It is important for any Illinois driver to know the speed limits when traveling in school zones to avoid a serious traffic violation

Illinois Traffic Laws for School Zones

Under Illinois law, school zone speed limits are set at 20 miles per hour on school days when children are present. It is enforced only when children are likely to be on the street or outside the school building within the designated school zone parameters. However, the 20 mph speed limit is not in effect when children are inside the school building during normal class time. 

Any public or private school may have an established school zone around it, including institutions run by religious organizations. These school zones are typically in effect from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. and must display clear signage that indicates it is a school zone, the 20 mph speed limit, and that the limit is restricted to when school is in session and children are present.

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Joliet property crimes defense attorneyWhen people hear the words burglary and robbery, they may think they are the same crime. Although similar in nature, there are differences that make them separate in terms of penalties. Whether or not a weapon was involved in committing the act also factors into the legal consequences. Burglary is when a person illegally enters a building in order to commit a crime while inside. Robbery involves taking money or property from a person without permission by force or intimidation with the intent to keep the property permanently. In Illinois, both burglary and robbery convictions are serious crimes and can result in significant prison time in addition to steep fines.   

Penalties for Burglary and Robbery

In most cases, burglary is considered a felony. Illinois laws determine burglary penalties based on certain factors such as:

  • The type of crime the offender intended to commit inside the building;
  • If the perpetrator was armed with a weapon;
  • The type of building involved; and
  • If the building was occupied at the time

The penalties for a burglary conviction depend on the felony class. Typically, burglary is a Class 2 felony in Illinois, which may result in a prison sentence of three to seven years. In some situations, burglary can be charged as a Class 1 felony, which can result in four to 15 years in prison. For felonies that are Class 2 or Class 1, the state may increase the sentence if the defendant has prior convictions for Class 2 felonies or higher. The state may also require a fine up to $25,000.

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