Can a Speeding Ticket be a Criminal Offense in Illinois? Ask Chicago area traffic lawyer Steve Fagan


Can speeding be a crime in Illinois?
Welcome! I’m Steve Fagan from the law firm of Fagan, Fagan & Davis I’m a Criminal, DUI and traffic defense attorney here in the state of Illinois, join me
for a minute what we talk about that question: Can speeding be a crime in Illinois? The
truth is that most of the time speeding is considered a
petty offense. Petty offenses are punishable under the law by fine only. So what can make speeding a crime? Well a couple years ago the legislature
here in Illinois decided that anyone caught speeding 31
miles per hour or above would be subject to criminal
penalties. What are criminal penalties? That means jail is a possibility. From 31 to 39 miles per hour above the speed limit, you can be found
guilty of a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to
fifteen hundred dollars in fines up to 180 days in jail. However, for their class of offenses, currently
supervision is availabe. Supervision, while it’s not
going to permanently remove anything from your driving record, is going to avoid a conviction on your
record. That said, the legislature has also
decided that forty miles an hour above the speed
limit and more is what’s called a class misdemeanor. A
class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 364
days in jail and up to twenty five hundred dollars in
fines plus court costs. Unfortunately, in this case, a sentence of
supervision is not available because the state
legislature decided to not make supervision available for
that kind of offense. That means if you’re found guilty of
going 40 miles per hour above the speed limit in Illinois you cannot get supervision, you must be convicted, and you will have
a criminal record. That’s why it’s so important that you
consider finding the best possible attorney you
can to help with your defense in a criminal speeding ticket. Thank you for joining me. My name is Steve Fagan, of the law firm of Fagna, Fagan & Davis, call us if we can help you. Again, thanks for joining me today!

One comment

  1. 26 mph over can get you up to a year in jail are they out of their mind sadistic fucks so going 81 in a 55, even tho 55 is absolutely ridiculous for a highway and traffic is going 80+ is reckless? LMAO People who torture animals or abuse kids only get like 6 months + Parole. Well this is one state I will NEVER visit.

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