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DuPage County aggravated speeding lawyerIn recent years, the state of Illinois has cracked down on speeding. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation, there were over 24,000 speeding citations recorded in 2015. Though speeding is often only a traffic ticket that comes with a fine, there are situations in which a speeding infraction can result in jail time and extensive fines. Though some people may think speeding is a victimless crime, it is not. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 10,000 people were killed due to speeding-related traffic accidents in 2017.

Illinois Aggravated Speeding Laws

According to the Illinois Vehicle Code, speeding 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit is considered to be aggravated speeding. This is technically a criminal charge, rather than a traffic violation, which is why the potential consequences for aggravated speeding are more serious than just a fine.

26 mph to 34 mph over the speed limit: If you are caught driving 26 mph over the posted speed limit, but not more than 35 mph over the speed limit, you will be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. This means you could face up to six months in jail, up to two years of probation and up to $1,500 in fines.

35 mph or more over the speed limit: If you are caught driving more than 35 mph over the posted speed limit, you are committing a Class A misdemeanor. This charge carries a possible sentence of up to one year in jail, up to two years of probation and up to $2,500 in fines. If you are facing a speeding charge, a judge can also order that you complete community service or that you attend traffic school.

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Wheaton aggravated speeding lawyersSpeeding, in general, can result in serious criminal consequences upon conviction. Aggravated speeding – a heightened charge – can result in even greater penalties, especially if one has had any previous convictions. If you or someone you love is facing aggravated speeding charges in Illinois, the following information can help you better understand the potential consequences. You shall also learn what an experienced attorney may be able to do for you.

Speeding versus Aggravated Speeding

While minor speeding violations are not typically considered a criminal offense, aggravated speeding offenses are. It is this basic truth that creates most of the differences between speeding and aggravated speeding exist. For example, speeding does not typically result in jail time for the defendant but being convicted of aggravated speeding could. Some other possible differences to be aware of include possible jail time and elevated fees and fines. Individuals who plead guilty to or are convicted of aggravated speeding will also receive a misdemeanor conviction on their permanent criminal record. Sadly, this can affect everything from your ability to find a job to the amount you pay each month for automobile insurance.

Consulting an Experienced Attorney Can Help

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