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Aggravated Speeding in Illinois
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Driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit is known as “misdemeanor speeding” or “aggravated speeding.” It can have very serious consequences because aggravated speeding in Illinois is classified as a misdemeanor offense. It is extremely important to understand the severity of the charges and how to best defend against the charges with a criminal speeding lawyer.
If you are traveling 26-34 miles per hour over the posted speed limit it is classified as a Class B misdemeanor, a criminal offense punishable by up to 6 months in jail, a $1500 fine and mandatory court costs (625 ILCS 5/11 601.5(a)).
If you are traveling 35 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit it is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, a criminal offense punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a $2500 fine and mandatory court costs (625 ILCS 5/11 601.5(b)).
In addition to these possible penalties, a conviction can result in a criminal record, increased auto insurance premiums, and points on your driver’s license which can lead to a license suspension.
Prior to 2014, speeding was classified as a petty offense, but the laws have since become stricter, making the penalties much more severe. If you or someone you know is charged with aggravated speeding in Illinois, contact an experienced criminal speeding lawyer as soon as possible. Our team can help you avoid some of the possible penalties associated with the misdemeanor charge of aggravated speeding and help prevent the loss of your license. Contact us today.
Quick Answers about Aggravated Speeding
Isn’t this just a regular speeding ticket?
No. It’s a step above a petty ticket. It is a criminal misdemeanor offense. Being convicted of aggravated speeding means you have a criminal background.