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Street Racing/Drag Racing Lawyer-Defending Street Racing/Drag Racing Cases

Street Racing/Drag Racing attorney, James G. Dimeas, has spent more than 25 years representing clients charged with Street Racing/Drag Racing throughout Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County and Lake County. Street Racing/Drag Racing lawyer, James Dimeas, understands the stress that a criminal defendant is faced with when facing serious criminal charges that could result in jail time and the loss of driving privileges. A conviction for Street Racing/Drag Racing, could have serious implications that could result in the loss of driving privileges and a jail sentence. Mr. Dimeas has the knowledge and the experience necessary to understand the ramifications of being charged with Street Racing/Drag Racing and will use his extensive experience and skills to make sure you do not lose your license and that you do not go to jail.

Street Racing used to be known as Drag Racing under the Illinois statute making it a crime.  If you are being charged with Street Racing/Drag Racing, you are facing much more than just a simple or typical traffic ticket.  Street Racing/Drag Racing is an actual crime in Illinois.  Street Racing/Drag Racing is a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois which carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in county jail and a maximum fine up to $2,500. Street Racing/Drag Racing also carries a minimum fine up to $250. The minimum fine for a second offense for Street Racing/Drag Racing is $500.

In addition to the serious potential criminal penalties for Street Racing/Drag racing, a conviction for Street Racing/Drag Racing can have serious implications for your driver's license and your driving privileges. If you are convicted of Street Racing/Drag Racing, your driver's license will be revoked by the Illinois Secretary of State. A revocation of your driver's license is different than a suspension of your driver's license. A suspension of your driver's license means that you will not be able to drive for a specific period of time. After that period of time ends, your license will be reinstated and you will be able to drive. A revocation means that your license is suspended for an indefinite period of time. The only way to get your license back and your driving privileges restored would be to appear for an administrative hearing before the Illinois Secretary of State and convince a Hearing Officer to reinstate your driver's license. This can be a difficult and expensive process that could take many years.  

Even if you are successful in having the Illinois Secretary of State reinstate your revoked driver's license, the Secretary of State may require that you obtain a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) for a period of time before allowing for a full reinstatement of your driving privileges. A Restricted Driving Permit only allows you to drive during certain times of the day and only on certain roads. Usually, the Restricted Driving Permit is issued to allow you to go back and forth to work and to address any necessary medical treatment needs.

How Can You Be Charged with Street Racing/Drag Racing in Illinois?

There’s several ways that the Street Racing/Drag Racing statute (5/11-506) defines the criminal offense of Street Racing/Drag Racing in Illinois:

1.  When two or more vehicles are lined up side the side and they accelerate to try to outdistance each other;

2.  When two or more vehicles go over the same route to compare the relative speed of each vehicle;

3.  When one vehicle tries to distance another vehicle;

4.  When a vehicle is used to prevent a vehicle from passing another vehicle;

5.  When a vehicle is used to arrive at a destination ahead of another vehicle;

6.  When a vehicle is used to test the stamina or physical endurance of a driver over a long distance.

If the Street Racing/Drag Racing involves an accident which results in great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another, you may be charged with Aggravated Street Racing. Aggravated Street Racing is a Class 4 Felony which carries a possible prison sentence of between 1 to 12 years.

If you allow your vehicle to be used for Street Racing/Drag Racing, you could be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. A second or subsequent charge for allowing your vehicle to be used for Street Racing/Drag Racing could result in a Class A Misdemeanor charge.

Effective and Experienced Legal Representation to Avoid a Criminal Conviction to Keep Your Record Clean to Avoid Losing Your License

Street Racing/Drag Racing lawyer, James Dimeas, has spent the past 25 years handling Street Racing/Drag Racing cases throughout Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County. Street Racing/Drag Racing attorney, James Dimeas, understands the various ways you can be charged with Street Racing/Drag Racing and understands what could happen if you are convicted of Street Racing/Drag Racing. A conviction for Street Racing/Drag Racing is not an option. He will explore every possible option to avoid a conviction and avoid having your license be revoked.  Street Racing/Drag Racing lawyer, James Dimeas, is well respected throughout all of the Courthouses and will use his experience and connections to avoid a conviction and prevent a revocation of your driver's license.  

If your license has been revoked because of a conviction for Street Racing/Drag Racing, you can contact James Dimeas to have the conviction vacated and to avoid having a conviction for Street Racing/Drag Racing appear on your driving record. If the conviction is vacated, this will result in the reinstatement of your driver's license and you will be allowed to drive again.

Award-Winning Criminal Defense Lawyer to Avoid a Criminal Conviction and to Avoid Losing Your License

James Dimeas is a nationally-recognized, award-winning criminal defense lawyer with over 25 years of experience handling Street Racing/Drag Racing cases. His accomplishments have been noticed and recognized by various organizations. Recently, the American Society of Legal Advocates named James Dimeas a "Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyer In the State of Illinois For the Year 2018." Expertise has named James Dimeas a "Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago." Mr. Dimeas has been recognized as a "Best DUI Attorney." The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys have recognized James Dimeas as a "10 Best Attorney for Client Satisfaction." The National Trial Lawyers have recognized James Dimeas as a 'Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer." James Dimeas is rated superb by AVVO, the highest rating possible for any Street Racing/Drag Racing lawyer in the United States.

If you are facing Street Racing/Drag Racing criminal charges in Chicago, Cook County, DuPage County, Kane County, and Lake County, you can contact Street Racing/Drag Racing criminal defense lawyer, James Dimeas, anytime for a free and confidential consultation. You can always talk to James Dimeas by calling him at 847-807-7405.

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