Illinois has two levels of speeding violation — petty speeding and aggravated speeding. Aggravated speeding usually brings with it more serious penalties than petty speeding, but that doesn’t mean that petty speeding tickets shouldn’t be contested — both can carry large fines, suspension of your license, and higher insurance rates if they’re not handled properly.
Petty speeding is any speeding violation for going up to 25 mph over the posted speed limit. These are the tickets that most people are familiar with, and most offenders simply write a check and forget about them, but there are good reasons to defend these tickets instead of paying them outright.
At Dohman Law, our attorneys are in court every day. Our experience with the system, the judges, and the wide variety of circumstances surrounding a ticket can help you win a more favorable outcome from your speeding ticket.
If you pay the ticket in the mail, you’ll have no chance of getting it dismissed, and you’ll have to deal with the consequences that come with it. If you go to court by yourself, you’ll be allowed to simply enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty.” If you plead “guilty,” you’ll be sentenced. If you plead “not guilty,” you’ll have to go to trial, which is extremely expensive and time-consuming and may carry the risk of even harsher punishments.
If you bring an experienced attorney to court with you, however, you’ll be in a better position to negotiate with the prosecutor. This may result in a number of favorable outcomes, from outright dismissal of the ticket to a reduced fine to driver’s school or community service in lieu of a fine.
Aggravated speeding is when you’re ticketed for going 26 or more miles per hour above the speed limit. It’s a criminal offense and can have extremely serious consequences, including jail time, if not handled properly.
Traveling 26-34 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is classified as a Class B misdemeanor, a criminal offense punishable by up to 6 months in jail, a $1500 fine, and mandatory court costs.
Traveling 35 or more miles an hour over the limit carries even steeper penalties, and either one can result in a criminal record, increased insurance premiums, and a possible license suspension.
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