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Law Offices of Michael A. Meschino
Michael Meschino

800 E.Northwest Highway
Suite 503
Palatine IL 60074
800-KICK DUI or 800-542-5384

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Law Offices of Michael A. Meschino

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Traffic Violations - In addition to alcohol-related driving offenses,DUI, Drunk Driving and Summary Suspensions we also defend individuals and businesses charged with a variety of other state and local traffic offenses, including:

  • Reckless driving
  • Speeding
  • Operating after suspension
  • Operating without insurance
  • Truck overweight matters

We can assure you that your driving privileges, your liberty and welfare are best placed with us when legal problems present themselves. If you have been charged with any type of driving violation-from the least serious to the most serious-you need expert representation. We have successfully defended through settlement, bench and jury trials hundreds of such cases. We help our clients successfully negotiate the criminal justice system and provide outstanding representation in all facets of the law. For more info, please visit our web site.

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About Michael Meschino:

Areas Of Practice:
Family Law
Divorce
Custody & Visitation
Probate & Estate Administration
Litigation & Appeals
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Real Estate Law
Traffic Violations
Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 1982
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1982
Education:
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, January, 1982
Juris Doctor
Honors: Cum Laude

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, December, 1977
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Major: History

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Legal Research & Writing, IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, 1997 - 1999
 
Dissipation in Divorce, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 2003 - Present
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 1999 - Present
Board of Directors
 
Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 1988 - Present
Member
 
Northwest Suburban Bar Assotiation, 1998 - 1999
Association Attorney
 
American Bar Association, 1982 - 1986
Member
 
Illinois State Bar Association, 1982 - 1990
Member
 
Chicago Bar Association, 1982 - 1996
Member

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Firm Overview

Trusted Illinois Family, Criminal, and Real Estate Lawyer

Since 1982, the Law Offices of Michael Meschino has represented people in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and its surrounding areas, including Schaumburg, Streamwood, Inverness, Hanover Park, Lake Zurich, and Deerfield. We have the necessary experience to help guide you through your complicated legal matter.

Email us or call us to schedule a free 30 minute initial consultation with a dedicated attorney.

Major credit cards accepted. Payment plans available.

Our lead attorney, Michael Meschino, is acknowledged throughout the local legal community for his extensive knowledge. He is the editor of a major legal journal, for which he writes numerous articles and contributes as a regular columnist. Lawyers throughout the area turn to his writings to enhance their legal knowledge. This is the level of respect and experience that Mr. Meschino brings to all of his cases.

When you retain the services of the Law Offices of Michael Meschino, rest assured that an experienced lawyer will handle every aspect of your case. You will never be handed off to an inexperienced paralegal or secretary. We believe that, if you hire an attorney, you should get an attorney.

At the Law Offices of Michael Meschino:

We are available to stand by your side in a wide range of family law matters.

  • We can protect your interests as you go through a divorce.
  • We are ready to stand up for the rights of you and your children in child custody matters.

We provide representation for many criminal defense and criminal law matters, including felony offenses.

We will stand by your side in domestic violence cases.

We can represent you in a variety of real estate matters, particularly those related to residential real estate.

We can assist with estate planning and probate.

You deserve to have an experienced lawyer by your side. Our firm will work hard to secure the results you need to move forward with your life.

For a free initial consultation with a divorce, criminal law, real estate, or estate planning attorney, email us or call us.

Attorney Profile

 

Michael A. Meschino
Palatine, Illinois

Areas of Practice:

Family Law

Divorce

Custody & Visitation

Probate & Estate Administration

Litigation & Appeals

Personal Injury — Plaintiff

Real Estate Law

Traffic Violations

Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 1982
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1982

Education:
John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, January, 1982
Juris Doctor
Honors: Cum Laude

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL, December, 1977
Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Major:  History

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Legal Research & Writing, IIT Chicago Kent College of Law, 1997 – 1999
Dissipation in Divorce, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 2003 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 1999 – Present
Board of Directors

Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 1988 – Present
Member

Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 1998 – 1999
Association Attorney

American Bar Association, 1982 – 1986
Member

Illinois State Bar Association, 1982 – 1990
Member

Chicago Bar Association, 1982 – 1996
Member

Northwest Suburban Bar Association
Editor-in-Chief of Newsbriefs

Northwest Suburban Bar Association
Newsbriefs-Monthly Column “Family Matters” Author

Northwest Suburban Bar Association, June 5, 2008 – Present
Corporate Secretary

Pro Bono Activities:
Facilitator – Domestic Relations Division, 2000 – Present

Practice Areas – Law Offices of Michael Meschino

– Law Offices of Michael Meschino

Dedicated Chicago Metro Area Attorney

Cook County ? Lake County ? DuPage County

Do you need a lawyer? If you are going through a divorce, or have been charged with a crime, or are involved in a real estate dispute or transaction, an experienced attorney can help. At the Law Offices of Michael Meschino, we consider it our job to ensure that your needs are met. You can always rely on us to protect your best interests.

We offer a free 30 minute initial consultation. Email us or call us at 1-800-835-4202.

Major credit cards accepted. Payment plans available.

Since 1982, the Law Offices of Michael Meschino has represented clients throughout the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and its surrounding regions, including Palatine, Arlington Heights, Wheeling, Rolling Meadows, Buffalo Grove, and Barrington.

From family court cases to assault and battery, we are available to provide dedicated, aggressive, and wholly effective legal representation in a wide range of areas, including:

Family Law

Criminal Defense

Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Battery
  • Civil Orders of Protection

Real Estate

Estate Planning and Probate

 

We understand that a legal matter can cause great anxiety. Our law firm is here to take this weight off your shoulders. We will take the time to explain the legal process to you, and be certain to inform you of all the steps that you will need to go through and any choices that you will have to make. Our firm will always stand by your side.

Email us or call us at 1-800-835-4202 to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced family court, criminal defense, estate planning, and real estate lawyer

Drunk Driving

Drunk Driving

DUI or Driving Under the Influence

The representation of clients charged with a DUI should be entitled to an experienced litigator. Our office has experience in handling cases involving first time offenders and repeat offenders. Our office has the experience, expertise and aggressiveness to handle any situation involving a DUI.

Criminal Attorney • DUI Lawyer
Illinois • Cook County • Lake County • DuPage County

When we quote you a price for a DUI it takes into account which number DUI this is on your record. The reason that we have to determine if you are a first time offender, as defined in the statute, is that you are no longer eligible for supervision if you are not a first time DUI offender. That means that a non-first time offender will most likely will have to go to trial in order to preserve driving privileges. A conviction on any DUI, even if it is a first offense, will cause the Illinois Secretary of State to revoke your driving privileges.

Our fee for DUI includes the following:

  • Representation on a Petition to Rescind the Statutory Summary Suspension;
  • Representation as to all hearings related to the DUI and traffic offenses issued at the same time as the DUI;
  • Applying for a judicial driving permit providing that you are a first time offender as defined in the statute; and
  • Representation on all tickets issued at the same time as the DUI for the same price quoted.

Since January 1, 2006, driving a vehicle without proof of insurance while being arrested for a DUI allows the state’s attorney to enhance the DUI to a felony DUI.

Coming effective January 1, 2009 there will no longer be Judicial Driving Permits issued for first time offenders (as defined by the Statute) in Illinois. Every driver who is deemed a first offender will now have to purchase an interlock system for their vehicle. The interlock system prevents the vehicle from starting until the driver of the vehicle has completed a breathalyzer test.

If the breathalyzer test shows that the operator of the vehicle has had intoxicating liquors then the vehicle will be disabled and will not start.

The cost of said interlock systems are anywhere from $850.00 to $1,200.00. The interlock system will allow people to drive without the necessity of the restrictions of a Judicial Driving Permit. All a person has to do is refrain from drinking alcohol and they will be able to operate a motor vehicle during their Statutory Summary Suspension.

Zero Tolerance

The “Zero Tolerance Law” provides that any person under the age of twenty-one (21) years old who is driving or in physical control of a motor vehicle upon the public highways in the State of Illinois shall be deemed to have given consent to a chemical test or tests of blood, breath or urine for the purpose of determining alcohol content in that person’s blood. If arrested, as evidenced by the issuance of a traffic ticket for any violation of the Illinois Vehicle Code or similar provision of a Local Ordinance. At that point, if a police officer has probable cause to believe that the driver has consumed any amount of an alcoholic beverage based upon the evidence of the driver’s physical condition or other firsthand knowledge of the police officer, the officer can order that the tests be employed. Any blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.00 results in a sworn report of law enforcement officer being delivered to the Illinois Secretary of State which results in the suspension of the person’s driving privileges.

“Zero Tolerance” does not provide for the issuance of a Judicial Driving Permit but does permit the driver to receive a Restricted Driving Permit at the Illinois Secretary of State’s discretion. The only appeal of this driver’s license sanction of suspending the driver’s license is by requesting an administrative hearing with the Secretary of State.

Judicial Driving Permits

A judicial driving permit or JDP is important as a JDP allows a person charged with a DUI to drive to and from work, to and from an accredited school or university and/or an accredited medical facility. A JDP is only issued to first time DUI offenders. The first thirty-one (31) days of a summary suspension, provided that there has been no rescission of the summary suspension, is considered “hard time”. This means that a judicial driving permit does not cover those initial 31 days. Once a judicial driving permit is issued by a judge, the paperwork is sent to the Illinois Secretary of State where the judicial driving permit is issued. It is important that an offender does not drive until they receive the notification from the Illinois Secretary of State as to the dates and times that they are available to drive during the summary suspension.

Summary Suspension

The statuary summary suspension is mandatory in all cases involving a DUI. This has the effect of automatically suspending your driver’s license. The length of time for the suspension is based on whether or not the alleged intoxicated driver refused the breathalyzer or blood test or took the same. Obviously, there is coercion to take these tests. Agreeing to these tests will yield a shorter statutory summary suspension.

Revoked and Suspended License Offenses

Driving on a Suspended License and Driving on a Revoked License are both considered Class A misdemeanors. However, they are treated very differently by the courts. These are cases that are the easiest for a prosecutor to pursue as all a prosecutor needs to do is to place the offender in a vehicle on a public way and introduce the driver’s license abstract from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to indicate that at the date and time in question the offender’s license was either suspended or revoked.

In the case of a suspended license there are a number of reasons that a license may be suspended. They range from failing an emissions test to driving during a summary suspension issued pursuant to a DUI offense. Any time a person is charged with a driving while a license is suspended they should have legal representation.

Driving while your license is revoked also requires legal representation based upon the severity of the statutory structure relating to sentencing. Driving on a revoked license where the license was revoked pursuant to a DUI requires the judge to either incarcerate the defendant on sentencing or sentence the defendant to a minimum, (on a first offense) thirty (30) days of community service. The penalties on sentencing increase with each subsequent revoked license ticket. Additionally, the third revoked licensing offense may result in felony charges being brought. The first felony revoked license offense is considered a Class 4 felony. Class 4 felonies carry a sentence of one to four years in a state penitentiary. A subsequent felony revoked license offense is a Class 3 felony which will result in a two to five year jail term in an Illinois penitentiary.

Driving while a license is Suspended or Driving while a License is Revoked are serious offenses that require an experienced attorney such as Michael A. Meschino to insure that your rights are protected and that you receive the absolute minimum sentence available.

Our Most Frequented Courthouses

Our office has a great deal of experience on these types of cases in the Third Municipal District Courthouse located at 2121 E. Euclid Avenue, Rolling Meadows, IL; the Second Municipal District Courthouse located at 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL and the new Mundelein Field Courthouse located in western Lake County. Our minimum fees for representation in these areas are as follows:

DUI (1st Time Offender) $900
DUI (2nd Time Offenders +) Please Call
Traffic Tickets $150 per ticket
Class A Misdemeanor $500 peroffense
Suspended License Charge $350
Revoked License Charge $400
Illinois Highway Construction Zone Ticket $225

Obviously, traffic tickets and DUI charges that involve automobile accidents where there was either property damage or personal injury that resulted from the incident will require more fees and the cases become more complicated. Additionally, the minimum for any trial on a DUI is $1,600.00. If a jury trial is requested then you should add another $750.00.

Please also remember that I am an experienced lawyer with several jury and bench trials to my credit. I have been through this process before and I have formulated specific jury instructions and request for discovery designed to present the most cohesive case possible for a defendant that utilizes my office.

Other Courthouses

We are also available to practice in any of the Lake County, IL courts, the Cook County Districts including cases heard at the Richard J. Daley Civic Center in downtown Chicago and cases in Dupage County Court including the Addison Field Courthouse, the Glendale Heights Field Courthouse, and the Downer’s Grove Field Courthouse.

We are located 5 minutes from the Rolling Meadow courthouse, 15 minutes from the Mundelien Field Court, 30 minutes from the Skokie court house, 20 minutes from the Glendale Heights Field Court, and 15 minutes from the Addison Field court.

Our firm represents people throughout northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, including Arlington Heights, Palatine, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Inverness, Hanover Park, Lake Zurich, and Deerfield.

Traffic Violations

Traffic Violations

Criminal Attorney • Traffic Violations Lawyer • Traffic Tickets
Illinois • Cook County • Lake County • DuPage County

Criminal DUI – Traffic

Our office provides complete legal services for major traffic violations including DUI (Driving Under the Influence), driving on a revoked license, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, drag racing and speeding in excess of 40 mph. All the above citations, although incurred while driving, constitute Class A misdemeanors in the State of Illinois. The penalty for conviction on a Class A misdemeanor is up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.00 plus mandated court costs and fees.

Traffic Tickets

Did you know that speeding in excess of 40 mph above the posted speed limited is now a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois? It certainly is and as with all Class A misdemeanors the judge, upon a conviction, has the discretion of sentencing an offender up to 364 days in jail and imposing a fine of up to $2,500.00 plus statutory court costs.

Speeding tickets less than 40 mph also require legal representation as the ramifications of a conviction on your record are higher insurance costs, possible suspension of your driver’s license (if there are multiple convictions of moving offenses in a set period of time) and higher fines, for those persons not represented by attorneys.

Illinois Highway Construction Zones

The construction zones on the expressways and tollways in the State of Illinois require a 45 mile per hour speed limit. A violation of that speed limit results in a MINIMUM FINE of $375.00 with a MAXIMUM FINE of $10,000.00. These are the type of traffic tickets that require the assistance of an experienced attorney.

Additionally, Section 11-908 of the Illinois Vehicle Code prohibits drivers from the following when entering a highway construction zone:

The vehicle must make a lane change into a lane not adjacent t o that where workers are present if on a highway with not less than two lanes proceeding in the same direction;

  • Reducing the speed of a vehicle; and
  • Allowing vehicles entering the highway from the construction zone the right of way provided the vehicle has displayed flashing lights.

 

Illinois has adopted the Ohio and Indiana standard of moving to another lane when there is construction on a highway. Even if you are traveling at the 45 mile per hour speed limit a violation of the above Section would result in a fine of not less than $100.00 all the way up to $10,000.00. Additionally, if a violation of this Section results in injury to another person then the driving privileges of the driver of the vehicle that caused the injury can be suspended by the Secretary of State anywhere from six (6) months to two (2) years.

Illinois Highway Construction Zone tickets are becoming more popular in the Third Municipal District Courthouse located in Rolling Meadows, the Addison Field Court located in Addison, IL, the Downers Grove Field Courthouse located in Downers Grove, IL and the Glendale Heights Courthouse located in Glendale Heights, IL. These are State Police charges and they are prosecuted by the State’s Attorneys of the various counties. It is imperative to obtain an attorney when receiving this type of a ticket.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident

The driver of a motor vehicle involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in injury or death to any person or damage to any vehicle which is driven or attended by any person has the duty to give information and render aid at the scene. (Section 11-403 of the Illinois Vehicle Code). Leaving the scene of an accident, pursuant to that Statute, is a Class A Misdemeanor which can result in being sentenced to incarceration in the County jail up to 364 days and a fine up to $2,500.00. Additionally, the Illinois legislature has recently enacted Section 11-404 which requires that when you damage an unattended vehicle or other property with your motor vehicle you must give a written notice giving your name, address, registration number and owner of the vehicle and notify the police department with jurisdiction over the same to make a written report of the accident. The failure to do so is also a Class A Misdemeanor.

Our Most Frequented Courthouses

Our office has a great deal of experience on these types of cases in the Third Municipal District Courthouse located at 2121 E. Euclid Avenue, Rolling Meadows, IL; the Second Municipal District Courthouse located at 5600 W. Old Orchard Road, Skokie, IL, the new Mundelein Field Courthouse located in western Lake County, Addison Field Courthouse, the Glendale Heights Field Courthouse, and the Downer’s Grove Field Courthouse. Our minimum fees for representation in these areas are as follows:

 

DUI (1st Time Offenders) $900
DUI (2nd Time Offenders +) Please Call
Traffic Tickets $150 per ticket
Class A Misdemeanor $500 per offense
Suspended License Charge $350
Revoked License Charge $400
Illinois Highway Construction Zone Ticket $225

 

Obviously, traffic tickets and DUI charges that involve automobile accidents where there was either property damage or personal injury that resulted from the incident will require more fees and the cases become more complicated. Additionally, the minimum for any trial on a DUI is $1,600.00. If a jury trial is requested then you should add another $750.00.

Please also remember that I am an experienced lawyer with several jury and bench trials to my credit. I have been through this process before and I have formulated specific jury instructions and request for discovery designed to present the most cohesive case possible for a defendant that utilizes my office.

Other Courthouses

We are also available to practice in any of the Lake County, IL courts, the Cook County Districts including cases heard at the Richard J. Daley Civic Center in downtown Chicago and cases in Dupage County Court including the Addison Field Courthouse and the Glendale Heights Field Courthouse.

Other Criminal Matters

Our office is experienced in handling cases involving unlawful use of weapon (UUW), possession of controlled substances (drug cases), possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute including cases involving trafficking cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy and retail shoplifting.

Criminal defense lawyer Michael Meschino also handles a full range of misdemeanors from assault, battery to criminal damage to property and criminal trespass to property.

Our firm represents people throughout the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, including Arlington Heights, Palatine, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Inverness, Hanover Park, Lake Zurich, and Deerfield.

Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

We are available to provide effective and aggressive criminal defense against a wide range of criminal charges, including:

  • Drunk Driving: DUI, DWI, driving under the influence of alcohol, underage drinking and driving
  • Traffic Violations: traffic tickets, traffic offenses, driving on a revoked license, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, drag racing, speeding
  • Drug Offenses: drug possession, drug distribution, drug sales, possession with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Theft: retail theft, employee theft, shoplifting, robbery, burglary, auto theft
  • Guns and Weapons Charges: unlawful use of weapons

Our firm represents people charged with crimes throughout the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, including Arlington Heights, Palatine, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Inverness, Hanover Park, Lake Zurich, and Deerfield.


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