More Than a Ticket: Aggravated Speeding in Illinois

speeding, Rolling Meadows traffic violations lawyerMany drivers view the occasional traffic ticket as no big deal. The fine associated with a citation is often seen as just one of the costs of driving, albeit one the driver could do without. If this describes your perspective when you get a ticket, you may be inclined to simply plead guilty by paying the fine and moving on with your life. In some cases, such an approach may be reasonable, but certain traffic violations are much more serious and may even be prosecuted as criminal offenses. Aggravated speeding, for example, could lead to a criminal conviction and possibly time in jail.

Petty Offenses vs. Criminal Offenses

Most traffic violations are classified by the state of Illinois as petty offenses. It is also possible for a driver to be cited for violating local traffic ordinances. Local violations and petty offenses are punishable by fines ranging up to $1,000. Petty offenses also accumulate points on the driver’s record which could lead to suspension of his or her driving privileges. Criminal offenses, by comparison, are handled in the state’s criminal court system and may result in more expensive fines, probation, and jail time. Traffic-related criminal offenses are generally misdemeanors, but there are some—including aggravated DUI—that could be considered felonies.

Aggravated Speeding

Technically, it is a violation of the law to exceed the posted speed limit on any street or roadway. If you exceed the posted limit by a substantial amount, however, you may be charged with aggravated speeding. Illinois law provides that aggravated speeding may fall into one of two categories:

  • Exceeding the posted speed limit by more at least 26 miles per hour but less than 35 miles per hour may result in Class B misdemeanor charges, punishable by up to $1,500 in fines and up six months in prison; or
  • Exceeding the posted speed limit by 35 miles per hour or more may result in Class A misdemeanor charges, punishable by up to $2,500 in fines and up to one year in prison.

While aggravated speeding is considered a criminal offense, it is also a moving violation. This means that a conviction will result in points being added to your driving record in addition to the other possible penalties.

Call Us for Help

If you or a loved one is facing charges for aggravated speeding or any other traffic offense, an experienced Rolling Meadows traffic violations attorney can help you understand your available options. Call 847-253-3100 for a free, no-obligation consultation at Cosley Law Office today.

 

Sources:

https://www.isba.org/sites/default/files/publications/pamphlets/Traffic%20Courts.pdf

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=062500050K11-601.5

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