After crawling your way through traffic, the highway finally opens up with hardly another car in sight. Unfortunately for you, the first car you do see is a police car, and you were going well over the speed limit. What looked like an open highway just turned into an aggravated speeding charge. Given the severe consequences that aggravated speeding can bring in Illinois, it is best to seek out an experienced defense attorney.
Definitions and Consequences of Aggravated Speeding
Under Illinois law, if you are caught speeding 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit, you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. Traveling more than 35 mph over the limit will bring Class A misdemeanor charges and even more serious consequences.
A Class B misdemeanor can result in fines of up to $1,500 and six months in jail. The Class A misdemeanor charge raises the punishment to $2,500 in fines and up to twelve months in jail. On top of that, your driver’s license could be suspended or revoked, and you will most likely be facing much higher auto insurance rates. If you hold a Commercial Driver’s License, that will also be suspended, putting your continued employment at risk.
The most lasting impact of an aggravated speeding conviction could be a misdemeanor on your permanent criminal record. Court supervision may be available if you have previously had a clean driving record. This will prevent the charge from appearing on your public record as long as you complete the period of supervision without any further traffic offenses or violations. You may also still be ordered to perform community service, attend traffic safety school, and pay fines as part of your sentence. However, court supervision is not always possible, including when the offense occurred in a construction zone, school zone, or an urban district. For these reasons, you should seek out a lawyer who can help build your defense and try to get the charges dismissed or reduced to lesser charges.
Call an Elgin Lawyer for Aggravated Speeding Defense
If you are facing charges of aggravated speeding in Illinois, you could be looking at serious fines, jail time, and a misdemeanor on your criminal record. This is not a charge that you should fight on your own. The Kane County aggravated speeding defense attorney at The Law Office of Brian J. Mirandola can represent you and fight to avoid a conviction. Call 847-488-0889 today for a free consultation.