Traffic courts are typically some of the busiest courts across the country. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Traffic Stop Study, there were more than 863,000 traffic citations issued in 2018 by Illinois police officers. Reasons can range from moving violations to equipment or registration violations. Perhaps the most common moving violation, officers are not afraid to issue speeding tickets to drivers who disobey the law. Just speeding afew miles over the speed limit will typically result in a petty offense ticket, meaning you must pay the fine and accept the points to your driving record. If you excessively speed, however, you could be issued a traffic ticket accusing you of aggravated speeding, which carries consequences that are much more serious.
The state of Illinois defines aggravated speeding as a misdemeanor offense that occurs when a person drives 26 or more miles per hour over the speed limit. The level of misdemeanor charge that the driver is charged with when they are issued a ticket depends on the actual recorded rate of travel. Traveling between 26 and 34 miles per hour over the speed limit is classified as a Class B misdemeanor. If you are traveling 35 or more miles per hour over the speed limit, you will likely be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which is the most serious type of misdemeanor and is one step away from a felony.
If you are charged with a Class B misdemeanor aggravated speeding offense, the law states that you can face up to six months in prison and fines between $75 and $1,500. If you are charged with a Class A misdemeanor aggravated speeding offense, you can face up to one year in prison and fines between $75 and $2,500.
Consequences for aggravated speeding can be quite harsh, but just because they are available for your offense does not mean you will be sentenced to those punishments if you are found guilty. It is the choice of the judge overseeing your case to determine an appropriate punishment for you if you are convicted of aggravated speeding. Sometimes, you may not even have the aggravated speeding charges appear on your criminal or driving record if the judge hands down a sentence of court supervision.
Court supervision is often seen as a very favorable outcome for charges such as aggravated speeding. If you are given court supervision, you will probably have to complete community service and/or traffic school. You may even be required to pay certain fines. Successful completion of court supervision allows you to keep the conviction off your driving record.
If asked, most people would probably admit that they have gone over the speed limit at least once or twice before. Even though it is not uncommon to speed, doing so can result in serious consequences, especially if you are caught speeding a great deal over the speed limit. At Myers Law LLC, we understand what is at stake when you face aggravated speeding charges. Our knowledgeable DuPage County aggravated speeding defense lawyers will help you avoid a conviction whenever possible. Call our office today at 844-9-THE-LAW to schedule a free, 15-minute phone consultation.