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When Can Speeding Lead to Criminal Charges in Illinois?

 Posted on August 25, 2022 in Traffic violations

Kane County criminal defense attorneyIn the state of Illinois, speeding tickets are not uncommon. Most people have been pulled over for driving above the speed limit at least once in their lives. In most cases, a speeding driver receives either a warning or a traffic ticket payable by a moderate fine. He or she may also have to contend with higher insurance rates. If the driver has received multiple citations in the past, his or her driver's license may be suspended.

Excessive speeding can lead to much more than higher insurance rates and expensive traffic tickets. In certain circumstances, speeding or dangerous driving can lead to criminal charges.

Criminal Charges for Driving Above the Speed Limit

In Illinois, there are two ways that speeding can lead to criminal charges. Aggravated speeding occurs when someone drives 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit. For example, if you are caught driving 76 miles per hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone, you could be charged with aggravated speeding.

The second way that speeding can lead to criminal charges is through reckless driving. Reckless driving occurs when someone drives in a manner that endangers the lives of others. This can include things like driving at high speeds, weaving in and out of traffic, using an incline to make a vehicle airborne, or running red lights.

If you are caught speeding, it is important to know your rights. You have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. If you are facing criminal charges because of the circumstances of a speeding offense, you should contact a lawyer immediately. Penalties for aggravated speeding in Illinois include up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,500, and driver's license suspension. Reckless driving is classified as a Class A misdemeanor in Illinois. Penalties include up to $2,500 in fines and up to one year in county jail.

Contact an Elgin Traffic Violations Lawyer for Help

Anyone who has been accused of violating Illinois law needs a strong legal advocate on their side. Kane County speeding defense lawyer Brian J. Mirandola can help you understand your options and form a strong defense against reckless driving charges, aggravated speeding charges, or other criminal charges. Mr. Mirandola is a former Assistant State's Attorney, so he knows how to find the problems in the prosecution's case and use them to your advantage. We offer a free consultation to answer your questions and explain your legal options. To schedule a consultation, contact us today at 847-488-0889 or online.



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