What is Aggravated Speeding?

Aggravated speeding is driving 26 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit. Aggravated Speeding is a misdemeanor offense. Aggravated Speeding can either be a Class A Misdemeanor or a Class B Misdemeanor. See 625 ILCS 5/11-501.

How do I know if my Aggravated Speeding ticket is a Class A or Class B Misdemeanor?

Speeding 26 to 34 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is a Class B Misdemeanor. Speeding 35 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit is a Class A Misdemeanor. See 625 ILCS 5/11-501.

Can I receive Court supervision for Aggravated Speeding in Illinois?

Pursuant to a recent change in Illinois law which took effect on January 1, 2016, a person is now eligible for Court supervision under certain circumstances. First, that person must never have been convicted of or received Court supervision for aggravated speeding in the past. See 730 ILCS 5/5-6- 1. Second, a person cannot receive court supervision for aggravated speeding in a construction zone, school zone or in an “urban district”.

 What is an urban district for the purposes of Aggravated Speeding in Illinois?

An urban district is defined as the territory contiguous to and including any street which is built up with structures devoted to business, industry or dwelling houses situated at intervals of less than 100 feet for a distance of a quarter of a mile or more. See 625 ILCS 5/1-214.

If I am convicted of Aggravated Speeding in Illinois will I lose my driver’s license?

It is possible. A single conviction for Aggravated Speeding in Illinois generally will not result in the loss of your Illinois driving privileges. However, depending on your driving record it could result in the suspension of your driver’s license, points assigned to your driving record and thus, an increase in insurance rates, and it can result in a criminal record for a an Illinois driver.

 Can a misdemeanor Aggravated Speeding charge be reduced?

In some circumstances it may be possible to reduce a misdemeanor charge for Aggravated Speeding to a petty offense for speeding under 625 ILCS 5/11-601. The facts and circumstances of each individual case will dictate whether or not an amendment is possible. If you are faced with charges for Aggravated Speeding in Illinois it is important to hire experienced attorneys to represent you. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney will explore all possible outcomes before advising you to make a decision that will have a profound impact on your future. Call the experienced attorneys at Gruszeczki & Smith Law, LLP for a free consultation.

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