An ordinance charge is quasi-criminal and can involve a traffic ticket or other misdemeanor offense. In these cases, local courts rather than state courts are used to charge an individual with an offense or violation. Even a minor offense or local misdemeanor can carry penalties and affect your record, so it is important to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. At Sullivan & VonBokel, P.C., in Fairview Heights, Illinois, we are experienced in ordinance violation defense and can effectively protect your rights.
Civil Charges vs. Criminal Charges in Local Violations
A civil charge or ordinance violation is not a criminal matter, but can result in fines and affect your rights. Our attorneys have worked both in the criminal justice system as prosecutors and public defenders and have also represented clients facing civil charges. In these cases, our priority is to minimize your charges and fines. Our St. Clair County ordinance violation attorneys are experienced with charges involving:
- Traffic violations
- Failure to provide proof of insurance
- Misdemeanor offenses
- Local ordinance violations
Discovery and Evidence Collection in Civil Matters
In civil cases, the state does not have to give discovery or have the same burdens of proof as in criminal cases. You will face fines, but will not go to jail upon conviction. If you fail to pay your fines, however, you could be forced to go to jail for being in contempt of court. Our attorneys will take the time to explain your rights, explore your options and help to minimize the consequences of a civil charge. At every stage, we will remain attentive and available, providing the personal advocacy and counsel you need.
Call 618-207-4473 for a Free Consultation
The best way to protect your rights is to know them. At Sullivan & VonBokel, P.C., our lawyer will sit down with you, review your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your rights and options. To schedule your free consultation, call us or contact us online.