Do You Know the Consequences for Speeding in Illinois?
Driving faster than the speed limit is something most every driver does at one time or another. However, do you know what the consequences for speeding are? They may be more than just getting pulled over and paying a small fine. In some circumstances, speeding can affect the rest of your life.
Difference Between Aggravated Speeding and Speeding
Under Illinois law there are different types of speeding. Most of the time, when you get pulled over for going over the speed limit, you will receive a ticket and may have to pay a fine—you are guilty of an infraction. But, if you are driving faster than 26 miles per hour over the speed limit, then you can be arrested and charged with a crime.
Driving faster than 26 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is aggravated speeding and is a misdemeanor. You could face up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. While most people will not serve a year in jail, if you are convicted of aggravated speeding, then you will have a criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life.
A criminal record could impact your ability to get a job. It will show up on any routine criminal background check. If you ever get into any future trouble, having a criminal record can make things even more complicated.
The Costs of a Ticket
Even if you are only given a ticket, the costs may be more than you realize. One study has shown the typical fine for speeding in Illinois by 15 miles per hour over the speed limit is $120. Still, that same infraction will also cost a driver as much as an extra $624 a year in increased car insurance premiums. These price increases can last for up to five years. Therefore, the true cost of a simple speeding ticket could be more than $3,000.
Before you decide to simple pay a traffic fine or plead guilty to a charge of aggravated speeding, you need to fully understand the consequences.
If you have been charged with speeding or excessive speeding you need to speak with a knowledgeable Wheaton traffic defense attorney. Do not talk to anyone about your case until you speak to a lawyer. Call Davi Law Group, LLC today to schedule a consultation at 630-580-6373.