Most drivers will admit to having sped at least once or twice in their lives. Unfortunately, speeding can increase the risk and severity of an accident, and it can lead to harsh penalties. Furthermore, Illinois has some of the most serious penalties in the nation for speeding, particularly for those that exceed the speed limit by at least 20 miles per hour. Learn more about the consequences of speeding, including how to protect yourself from them.
Low-Level Speeding Violations
If you are caught driving over the speed limit, but your speed did not exceed 25 miles per hour at the time of the infraction, you may receive a ticket for a “low-level speeding” violation. At first glance, this might not seem like such a big deal, but some consequences should be considered. On top of the fine that may be owed, you could also experience a hike in your insurance premiums. In fact, one analysis determined the insurance premium increase after a speeding ticket can cost Illinois drivers as much as an extra $900 over the course of five years.
Misdemeanor Speeding Violations
Speeding that exceeds 25 miles per hour may be considered either a misdemeanor or a felony by law enforcement. Exact charges are based upon the circumstances, and may also account for any previous convictions on your record. Conviction of these criminal charges can carry serious consequences, including jail time and a criminal record. You may even be at risk for a suspension or revocation of your driver’s license. All this is in addition to the consequences that may be experienced after a low-level speeding violation.
When to Fight Back
Although not every speeding ticket may not be worth contesting, some have severe enough consequences that it truly can pay off to fight back. In particular, it is recommended that Illinois drivers fight back against any violation that can result in criminal consequences. Not only can this help you avoid the risk of the collateral consequences of speeding, such as fines and an increase to your insurance premiums, but it can also help you avoid the more serious penalties.
Contact Our Illinois Criminal Defense Attorney
At Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law, we fight to protect you from the consequences of a speeding violation. No matter what the situation, we strive for the most favorable outcome possible. Schedule your personalized consultation with our Arlington Heights criminal defense lawyer to learn more. Call 847-253-3400 today.
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