Many drivers find it hard to believe, but under Illinois law, you could be sentenced to jail time for speeding. While most speeding tickets come with only a fine, aggravated speeding could be punishable by jail time. Aggravated or excessive speeding means driving at least 26 mph over the posted speed limit on an Illinois highway.
Driving 26 mph Over the Posted Speed Limit
Driving 26 mph over the posted speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor. Under Illinois law, Class B misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,500 fine in addition to mandatory court costs.
Driving 35 mph Over the Posted Speed Limit
Driving 35 mph over the posted speed limit is a Class A misdemeanor. Under Illinois law, Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to twelve months in jail and a $2,500 fine in addition to mandatory court costs.
The Effect of a Misdemeanor Conviction
A misdemeanor conviction is still a conviction, and it will follow you for life. Job and housing applications routinely ask about such convictions. Be aware that a judge could order you to go straight to jail at your court date. It is important to take these charges seriously.
How to Avoid a Misdemeanor Conviction
Just because you are charged with aggravated speeding does not mean you will be convicted and/or be required to serve jail time. Many people who have otherwise clean driving records qualify for court supervision.
Court supervision typically requires traffic school, fines and the condition that you will not get another traffic violation during the supervisory period. Successful completion of the court supervision will mean that the misdemeanor will not show up on your driving record.
If you do not qualify for court supervision, it is critical that you get a lawyer who can thoroughly review your case and represent you in court.
Contact a DuPage County Aggravated Speeding Lawyer
Aggravated speeding is not a charge to take lightly. If you are facing these charges, you should consider hiring an Illinois criminal defense lawyer. An experienced attorney will understand what the state must prove in order to convict you and assess your case to determine your best defenses. The knowledgeable Western Springs aggravated speeding attorney at Myers Law LLC will advocate on your behalf to the fullest extent under the law. Call our office today at 844-984-3529 (844-9-THE-LAW).