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What Is Aggravated Speeding?

Posted on in Traffic Offenses

crystal lake criminal defense lawyerSpeeding is often perceived as an innocuous traffic violation that results in a fine. There is some truth to this notion, but not all speeding violations are alike, and, like every other crime, context matters. Although most speeding violations are not serious criminal manners, they can be in certain circumstances. The State of Illinois considers speeding 26 miles per hour over the speed limit a criminal offense. In legal terms, it is known as aggravated speeding, misdemeanor speeding or excessive speeding.

What Are the Penalties for Aggravated Speeding?

The penalties for aggravated speeding are determined by how much the driver exceeded the speed limit.

If they exceeded the speed limit by more than 26 mph, the violation is considered a class B misdemeanor. If they were over the limit by more than 35 mph, it is considered a class A misdemeanor.

A class B misdemeanor can bring a maximum fine of $1,500 and up to six months in jail. A class A misdemeanor can trigger a maximum fine of $2,500 and up to a year in jail.

In addition to fines and jail time, an aggravated speeding conviction also threatens your driving privileges. Three convictions in the span of a year result in the suspension of your license.

You may also face the following minor penalties if convicted:

-          Community service

-          Court supervision

-          Traffic safety school

Contact a Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer

An aggravated speeding conviction can completely disrupt your life. You may face serious fines that upend your finances while creating stress and anxiety.

You could also face jail time, which means time away from family, friends, and work. A truly terrifying prospect for anyone. Even after your sentence, the criminal record remains, making it difficult to simply find a job and rent an apartment. Even if you avoid fines and jail time, a conviction could result in the loss of your driving privileges, court-ordered community service, and mandatory traffic school. Although the cards seem stacked against you, it is important to remember that you have rights. A criminal defense lawyer that handles aggravated speeding cases can present a legal argument that sees your sentence reduced or the case dropped entirely.

The lawyers at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC have spent their careers standing up for Illinois residents. They have experience practicing in courts throughout the Chicagoland area and have handled thousands of traffic violations cases, including those involving aggravated speeding.

If you need a tenacious Crystal Lake, IL criminal defense lawyer, call Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC at 815-338-3838 to schedule a free initial consultation.




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