An Illinois and Wisconsin Licensed Criminal Defense Attorney explains the consequences of a Wisconsin Speeding ticket conviction for an Illinois Driver.

It is unfortunate that many uninformed drivers in Illinois choose the quick and easy way out when it comes to speeding tickets they received in Wisconsin. I have recently received many calls from Illinois drivers that were told by a friend, colleague at work, family member and even the Wisconsin police to just pay a Wisconsin ticket. The problem with this well intentioned advice is that the people giving the advice are not trained attorneys licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin. Even attorneys licensed in either Illinois or Wisconsin often are not aware of the consequences to drivers outside their respective states. I am an attorney that takes great pride in staying informed of the consequences in both States. The costs of an out of state conviction can multiply fast down the road. These consequences include potential suspension of driving privileges in Illinois, increased insurance premiums and further expenses involving the reinstatement of an Illinois driver’s license. Often times people have received bad advice or simply don’t know the law in Illinois regarding out of state convictions. Let’s explore the issues and consequences further.


In Illinois, if a driver receives three convictions for any moving violations in a twelve month period, their license will be suspended in Illinois. Illinois law provides that a driver is eligible for court supervision twice within a twelve month period as well. Court supervision does not count as a conviction and will not cause a suspension of driving privileges. In essence you can get two supervisions and still have convictions to spare if the tickets are far enough apart and the prosecutors and judges are willing to grant the two supervisions without imposing a conviction. The imposition of court supervision also serves to reduce the risk of increased insurance premiums as these citations are not generally reported to insurance companies. Illinois traffic laws allow for momentary lapses in judgment with regard to speeding but for Illinois drivers who get ticketed in Wisconsin, the law may not be so forgiving.


Unlike the Illinois system, Wisconsin law does not recognize the concept of court supervision and thus EVERY disposition of a speeding ticket is a conviction when a guilty or no contest plea is entered. The imposition of a conviction against someones driving record most commonly occurs when an Illinois driver gets a Wisconsin speeding ticket and then just sends in payment. Once the ticket is paid the conviction is entered and then reported to Illinois where it becomes part of the driver’s record with the Secretary of State, unlike a Supervision disposition. Insurance companies will also be made aware of the conviction and increased premiums could result that stay in place for years, penalizing an Illinois Driver with added expense for years to come that all could have been avoided if they are eleigible for an amended charge.


Although Court Supervision is not an option in Wisconsin there is still hope for relief for Illinois Drivers. Generally speaking, with proper representation most Wisconsin State and Municipal prosecutors are willing to amend a speeding charge to a non-moving violation when appropriate for respectful drivers with a otherwise clean record. The end result is that an Illinois Driver can pay a modified ticket in Wisconsin that will have no impact on their Illinois License. Once you have retained Richard Albanese you will likely not have to appear in court to contest your ticket, which saves not only a long trip back to Wisconsin from Illinois, but also saves time and the expense of having to take a day off work to appear on a citation. Please feel free to contact the Richard Albanese Law Office today at 312-882-1973 or at or at for a free consultation on your speeding ticket in Kenosha, Racine, Dane County, Lake Geneva, and any other city in Wisconsin.


An Illinois and Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney Answers the Question: I got a Ticket or Misdemeanor or Ordinance Violation for Underage Drinking or Disorderly Conduct at Country Thunder in Wisconsin and live in Illinois. What are the Potential Consequences and do I need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?


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This weekends Country Thunder Concert in the Twin Lakes or Genoa City or Kenosha County area of Wisconsin will likely result in a massive number of citations and arrests in Wisconsin for Illinois residents and Wisconsin residents. In the past our office has handled numerous citations and violations for obstructing justice, underage drinking, underage possession of alcohol, disorderly conduct, criminal trespass and other violations related to Country Thunder and the surrounding camping areas. Theses offenses are handled differently between State and Municipal Prosecutors. An Illinois or Wisconsin youth can face loss of driving privileges and parents can face increased insurance premiums from even a minor violation. Additional consequences include permanent convictions that can have negative effects on college admissions and potential future employment. If you live in Illinois or Wisconsin and got a Wisconsin ticket for underage drinking or any violation please contact the Richard Albanese Law Office Immediately as some of these violations have court dates for as early as next week or a few weeks. Do not pay fines that will result in a permanent conviction on your record as there are other options available to you. Contact the Richard Albanese Law Office immediately for a free consultation at 312-882-1973 or by email at or on the web at


The Legal and Financial Consequences of a DUI in Illinois or an OWI in Wisconsin Explained by an Illinois and Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney


DUI and OWI laws are complicated and ever changing and as a result there a person being charged with these offense may feel confused and overwhelmed. The purpose of this blog is to arm potential clients with reliable information from the Illinois Secretary of State and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Any attorney you consider hiring should already be familiar with these laws and procedures, and hiring an attorney should not be done hastily. Research attorneys at, an independent website that evaluates all attorneys in a manner similar to how YELP may review restaurants or other businesses.

As a former prosecutor I have expertly prosecuted thousands of DUI cases and am able to evaluate any case I am presented and quickly determine the best course of action for a client in Illinois or Wisconsin. Sometimes that advice is to go to trial and fight a case and other times a negotiated plea may be the best option, but rest assured my clients make educated and informed decisions about their cases as I treat each case with the time and attention it deserves.  I leave no questions unanswered. Additionally, for an Illinois driver the consequences of a Wisconsin OWI conviction can be severe. I am experienced in handling cases in both states and have been published in the Lake County Bar Journal on this topic. I can explain these consequences and outline a plan of action that most defense attorneys are not aware of in either state.

Please call today for a free consultation on your DUI or OWI case. The Richard Albanese Law Office can be reached at (312) 882-1973 or by email at or on the web at

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I got a speeding ticket in Lake County, Illinois and went to court and the cop wasn’t there, so why wasn’t my ticket thrown out? A Lake County Criminal Defense Attorney explains how speeding tickets and other traffic citations are handled in Lake County (including Park City, Mundelein and Round Lake Beach)


Many people have heard rumors or experienced firsthand that appearing in court for a speeding ticket can often result in the dismissal of the ticket if the officer who wrote the citation is not in court that day for whatever reason. In Cook County, Illinois, where there may be over a couple thousand tickets on the court docket each day that is often the case and people commonly get their tickets thrown out if an officer fails to appear on the first court date. Many people may be surprised to learn that this is not the case in Lake County, Illinois and may find themselves missing more time away from work to attend court and spending more money  and effort handling a speeding ticket than if they hired a competent traffic attorney to appear for them. I will first outline the Lake County system for handling traffic matters and then explain why hiring an attorney may be the best option for those looking to negotiate or contest a traffic violation.


The three main branch courts in Lake County, Illinois are located in Park City, Mundelein and Round Lake Beach. All petty offense traffic tickets along with some misdemeanors such as Aggravated Speeding (30-40 mph over the limit) and driving with a suspended or no driver’s license are heard in these branch courts. Unlike some other court systems the initial court appearance is not considered a trial date, but rather an initial status date at which time a person can appear and plead guilty or not guilty to an offense and a police officer’s presence in court is not required. If a person pleads not guilty then the  case is set for trial and the police officer will be notified by the prosecutor of the future trial date. The person will have to appear again in court a second time and if the officer is not in court when the matter is set for trial the ticket may be dismissed, but this dismissal is not automatic. If you are charged with the misdemeanor traffic offenses a Prosecutor has 180 days from the date of a trial demand to proceed with a case under Illinois law. Judges and prosecutors are generally not inclined to dismiss Aggravated Speeding tickets or Suspended License matters because an officer missed one court date. No matter what type of ticket you have in Lake County you can spend alot of time trying to resolve a traffic ticket and miss several days of work and also spend quite a bit of time waiting in court as other cases are being called as well. Thankfully, there is a solution balanced to protect your rights but not sacrifice your job and personal time and sanity in the process.


Here at the Richard Albanese Law Office we have a simple plan and goal for your Lake County traffic matters: Minimize the stress to the client and maximize the best potential outcome for each case. This is a realistic goal in every case as Richard has handled literally thousands of these matters combined as a Former Prosecutor for over a decade and now as your defense attorney. Sometimes the best outcome may require going to trial on a case, or working out a favorable disposition with the Prosecutor, or getting the minor case thrown out completely when an officer does not show up for a trial on a petty offense. Often on petty speeding tickets or other minor traffic violations an attorney can appear with an authorization to represent form without the client having to come to court at all. This method obviously saves the client the time and financial benefit of not having to miss work only to appear in court for potentially several hours only to learn another appearance is necessary in the matter. Additionally, If a person sets a case for trial in Lake County, goes to court twice and the officer appears, then what? Most citizens are not trained in methods of cross examination and are no match for the experienced police officer’s testimony in court. With increased insurance premiums and a potential loss of driving privileges at stake doesn’t it make sense to have a Professional on your side? Please call the Richard Albanese Law office for a free phone consultation on your traffic matter in Lake County, Park City, Mundelein, Round Lake Beach, or anywhere else in Illinois and Wisconsin. The Richard Albanese Law Office can be reached at 312-882-1973 or found on the web at or by email at

An experienced Criminal Defense Attorney explains how your Speeding Ticket affects your Car Insurance Rates in Illinois or Wisconsin.


This question is often the main focus and reason for an everyday citizen to hire an experienced traffic attorney to handle their case. The reason is obvious. Paying an attorney to properly handle one ticket can potentially save a client from long lasting increased insurance premiums that may result from a ticket on the person’s record. The specific answer to the question of how a speeding ticket may affect a client’s insurance rates has to be initially answered, “It depends.” The reason being is every client is different and thus has different factors to consider such as geography, prior traffic history, age, sex, type of car, how fast the ticket alleges the driver to be going, etc. A qualified traffic attorney cannot quote what every policy carrier might increase a rate to as that information varies with insurance companies and a client’s history, but a qualified attorney should be able to assess the severity of a ticket and how to minimize potential rate increases by disposing of the traffic ticket in a manner  that is most favorable to the client’s interests. If you have a traffic or speeding ticket of any kind in Illinois or Wisconsin call the Richard Albanese Law Office today for a free consultation on how best to proceed with your case and to keep your insurance rates as low as possible. You can reach the Richard Albanese Law Office at (312) 882-1973 or at or at

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You were involved in a minor or major traffic accident and got a ticket from the police, do you need a lawyer to represent you? An Illinois and Wisconsin Criminal Defense Attorney explains liability issues that can arise in traffic accident cases


Its a rainy night as you head home from work, the road is a bit slick and you are in a hurry to get home after a long day. You slam on the brakes, but its too late, your car skids and hits the car in front of you that suddenly stopped. You get out and call the police, exchange insurance information and everyone seems fine at the time. After listening to both drivers explain what happened you get a ticket for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident. Now what? Do you need a Lawyer?

The above scenario happens all the time on the roads of Illinois and Wisconsin to drivers of all walks of life. Sending in a payment for the ticket in the mail may seem like the thing to do at the time as it is a cheaper option than hiring an attorney, but is it really the best way to go?  I would suggest no it is not the best way to go and you should consult with an experienced traffic attorney upon receiving the ticket. Failing to do can expose you to civil liability for causing injuries to someone you didn’t even know was hurt. Often times a civil lawsuit for personal injuries follows a traffic accident. Sometimes these matters are dealt with by insurance companies but other times a driver may have personal liability for an accident beyond the policy limits if they are responsible for causing the accident that resulted in the injuries. When a person pleads guilty to a traffic ticket or sends the ticket in admitting guilt they are making a legal admission of fault that can be introduced at a civil proceeding later on down the road. There is often alot at stake in these cases and a misstep in traffic court can result in bigger issues in the civil case.

An experienced Traffic Lawyer like Richard Albanese will take the case to court and generally advise the client that a trial may be the best option instead of pleading guilty. Often just going to court with an attorney will result in the charge being dismissed if the other party does not show up to court after the case is set for trial. If insurance companies have resolved the damages ahead of time it is not uncommon for the complaining witness to not show up in court. Often the person who was hit does show up to court along with their civil attorney. This persons interests are being looked after, shouldn’t yours be too? At trial the worst thing that may happen is you are found guilty by a judge or jury and are made to pay a fine, but being found guilty after a trial does not harm you the way a plea or admission of guilt does.

Remember, if you get in an accident and you get the ticket in Illinois or Wisconsin please contact the Richard Albanese Law Office for more information on your case today at (312) 882-1973 or at