Class A Misdemeanor Speeding in Illinois
On January 1, 2011, the Illinois legislature passed a law making excessive speeding — in excess of 40 miles per hour over the posted speed limit — a criminal act, which can be charged and prosecuted as a class A misdemeanor. Penalties for a conviction — including pleading guilty — can be as high as a $2,500 fine and up to one year in jail, or both.
Class B Misdemeanor Speeding in Illinois
Drivers ticketed for speeding more than 30 miles per hour over the posted limit are subject to being charged with a class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $1,500, or both.
In addition to the heavy fine and penalties for excessive speeding, a misdemeanor conviction will remain on your criminal record until you actively pursue efforts to expunge it, often at high cost in time, money and energy.
Fortunately, to date, actual charges and convictions for misdemeanor speeding in the Greater Chicago metro region are unusual, because local prosecutors in Cook County, DuPage County and Lake County have shown a willingness to work with experienced Illinois traffic ticket defense attorneys.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor speeding violation in the Chicago metro area, the Law Offices of Donald J. Cosley is ready to help you protect your record. Attorney Donald Cosley has more than 20 years of experience successfully challenging traffic violations such as excessive speeding and misdemeanor charges for DUI and violations of Illinois rules of the road.
We Fight Your Misdemeanor Speeding Ticket
From offices in Rolling Meadows, the Law Offices of Donald J. Cosley represents clients in Schaumburg, Arlington Heights and Palatine, and communities throughout the greater metropolitan Chicago area. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Rolling Meadows speeding ticket defense attorney today.