The charge of Aggravated Speeding is on the rise in Illinois.
In Illinois, traveling between 26 and 35 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,500.00 fine. Traveling 35 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500.00 fine.
Aggravated Speeding cases often result in high fines and court costs with a limited investment of police time and resources. This makes Aggravated Speeding charges very attractive to State, County and Municipal police agencies. A driver’s speed can easily be measured by a radar or laser device or by a police vehicle pacing the speeding vehicle. Unlike investigations for other types of misdemeanors such as DUI, theft or battery, which are time and resource consuming, all a police officer needs to do is affix a radar or laser device to a speeding vehicle in order to develop probable cause to arrest the speeding driver and charge them with Aggravated Speeding.
Generally, a driver with a good driving record can avoid a conviction for Aggravated Speeding. This is accomplished by plea negotiations with the prosecution. Many times, Aggravated Speeding can be reduced to a petty speeding offense in return for supervision with a fine and court costs. Some prosecutors and judges require attendance at traffic school and/or public or community service. However, drivers with a poor driving record may be looking at a conviction, which may have consequences for employment, academics, housing and obtaining credit.
It is important to retain an experienced traffic attorney to handle your Aggravated Speeding case. Attorney David S. Meyerson has been prosecuting and defending speeding cases for nearly 30 years. Attorney Meyerson regularly represents clients charged with Aggravated Speeding and he interacts with Assistant State’s Attorneys and local village or municipal traffic prosecutors on a daily basis. Please call attorney David S. Meyerson at (847) 513-6600 for a free consultation in regards to your Aggravated Speeding charge or other traffic charges.