- Much More Than Just a Speeding Ticket-
WHAT IS IT?
Drivers who are charged with driving extraordinarily fast and above the speed limit can face up to one year in jail under Illinois law. These offenses are known as aggravated speeding offenses and Illinois has increased the potential consequences for drivers who plead guilty or are found guilty of these charges.
Illinois law separates speeding offenses into two general categories – petty and misdemeanor offenses. Speeding 26 miles per hour or more over the posted limit may be charged as a misdemeanor offense, which qualifies as a criminal offense under Illinois law.
Misdemeanor speeding offenses are most often referred to as “Aggravated Speeding”, and are further divided into two categories based on speed – Class A Misdemeanors (35+ mph over the limit) and Class B Misdemeanors (26-34 mph over the limit).
Accordingly, drivers charged with speeding 35+ mph over the speed limit may face a Class A Misdemeanor. Penalties for Class A Misdemeanors include up to 12 months in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.00 plus court costs.
Drivers charged with speeding 26 – 34 mph over the speed limit may face a Class B misdemeanor, which can be punished by up to 6 months in jail and a maximum fine of $1,500.00 plus court costs.
WHY CHOOSE US?
Wachnik Law LLC will work to get the best possible result in your case. While jail time is the most severe penalty a judge can impose in an aggravated speeding case, more common penalties for aggravated speeding include community service in the form of independent community service for a non-profit organization; the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program; or community service imposed through the Social Services Department. We have extensive experience negotiating with the State and will get you the best possible result in your case.
Any combination of penalties can be imposed as part of your sentence; whether you receive court supervision or a conviction. All of the above, as well as an increase in insurance policy premiums, is possible when being charged with an aggravated speeding offense.
Contact attorney Eryk Wachnik and call our law office today at 847-892-5060 for a free consultation. Depending on your driving record, possible alternative outcomes that Wachnik Law LLC may be able to obtain for you include a reduction of the charges, dismissal of the charges or finding of not guilty at trial. Don't delay contact us today!