Many people think speeding is not that big a deal. While certain speeding offenses are only charged as minor traffic violations, in some cases, speeding can become a significant misdemeanor offense. While other drivers may zoom by you on the expressway, maintaining a reasonable speed keeps you, your passengers, and other drivers safer.
In Illinois, when your speed reaches a certain number of miles per hour over the posted speed limit, it can be considered aggravated speeding, which is a serious crime in Illinois. If you face charges of aggravated speeding, it is important you understand the charges and their potential consequences.
Current Illinois speeding laws define aggravated speeding as going 26 mph or more over the posted speed limit. These charges are more serious than a regular speeding violation and can carry consequences that are more severe than a normal speeding ticket. Aggravated speeding charges are classified by how far over the speed limit you are driving.
Speeding 26 to 34 mph over the limit: If you are driving 26 mph or more over the speed limit, but not more than 34 mph over, you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. This means that you could face up two years of probation, six months in county jail, and a $1,500 fine.
Speeding 35 mph or more over the limit: If you are going 35 mph or more over the posted speed limit, you are committing a Class A misdemeanor. This means you could face up to two years of probation, a year in county jail, and a $2,500 fine. Any speeding charge that results in a conviction can also mean you must participate in a community service program or complete traffic school.
Many people think speeding is a victimless crime, but more than a quarter of all fatal car accidents in the United States are caused by driving too fast. Speeding not only puts your life and the lives of others at risk but also can result in serious charges and costly points on your driving record. Scott F. Anderson, Attorney at Law will exhaust every possible option to keep a conviction off your record. To speak with a skilled Rolling Meadows, IL aggravated speeding attorney with years of experience defending clients against all types of traffic violations, call our office today at 847-253-3400 to schedule a free consultation.
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