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There are two types of speeding tickets in Illinois – petty and misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is the more serious or the two. It is often called “aggravated speeding.”
Aggravated speeding carries a possible sentence of time in jail. With that in mind, it’s important to understand the law around speeding violations and the penalties—and to be prepared to fight a citation.
Aggravated Speeding Violations and Punishments
If you are cited for driving 35 miles per hour or more over the limit, you are charged with a Class A Misdemeanor. This is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine, or some combination of the two.
If you are cited for driving 26-34 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, you are charged with a Class B Misdemeanor. This is punishable by up to 6 months in the county jail and a $1,500 fine, or some combination of the two.
As you can see, the penalties can be serious. Hiring a traffic defense lawyer is highly recommended.
Do You Need A Lawyer?
Yes. Most judges and prosecutors will require you to have a lawyer. This is due to the fact that jail time is a possible consequence. Since your freedom is potentially at risk, the court wants to make sure you have a proper defense and your interests are protected.
Additionally, you’re likely to get a better outcome with a skilled traffic defense lawyer on your side. The lawyers at Driver Defense Team handle hundreds (perhaps thousands) of these cases each year. When you hire Driver Defense Team, you get:
- Free Consultation
- Flat Pricing (no surprises)
- Attorneys that practice in your courthouse every day
- Attorneys that know the judges, the prosecutors, and their tendencies
- Attorneys that can identify your possible defenses
- Attorneys that can take your case to trial and WIN
- Attorneys with a proven track record
Most people tend to focus on the maximum penalty, but that is very rare. We typically obtain a much better outcome for our clients. Below is a partial list of possible outcomes. While we can never guarantee the outcome, we are happy to discuss the details of your case for free.
- Dismissed – this is the best potential outcome
- Amended – it is possible that the ticket may be amended to state a lower speed
- Supervision – this means you will not have a conviction on your record
- Driving School – it is possible that driving school will be required
- Community Service – it is possible that you can perform community service to improve your outcome
- Conviction – this may be on the aggravated speeding ticket or a lower, amended ticket
Driver Defense Team is on Your Side
Given the severity of the potential consequences for aggravated speeding, it’s in your best interest to speak with an attorney. Fortunately, Driver Defense Team has years of experience successfully fighting aggravated speeding ticket, and we can put that experience to work for you.
We serve drivers throughout Cook, Dupage, Lake and Will counties from our office at 1625 N. Mannheim Rd. in Stone Park, IL. If you’ve received a speeding ticket, contact us online or call us at 312-800-9305.