For the third time since 2011, Illinois has stiffened the laws against speeding. Now, you can be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor if you speed 35 miles or more above the limit.

Speeding first became criminalized as a misdemeanor in 2011. In 2011, driving 31 to 39 miles over the limit was upgraded to a Class B Misdemeanor, while speeding 40 and over became a Class A. On January 1, 2013, driving 25 miles over the limit became enough to trigger the Class B Misdemeanor. While a Class B misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail, a Class A is punishable by up to one year. Both carry maximum fines of $2,500.

Under current law, speeding 26 to 34 miles over the limit is a Class B Misdemeanor, while 35 and above is a Class A. You cannot receive supervision for these offenses. Supervision is essentially a warning to stay out of trouble and is not considered a conviction for criminal law or insurance purposes. Therefore, if you plead or are found guilty of speeding over 25 miles, you will have a conviction.

If you are charged with a speeding or other traffic or criminal offense, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately. An attorney can review the facts of your case to see if you have a defense. Even if you do not, an attorney who enjoys a good reputation in the court house may be able to obtain a better plea arrangement than you can on your own.

If you have questions about this or another related criminal or traffic matter, please contact Matt Keenan at 847-568-0160 or email matt@mattkeenanlaw.com.

See Illinois Speeding Law.

(Besides Skokie, Matt Keenan also serves the communities of Arlington Heights, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Wilmette and Winnetka.)

About mdkeenan

A criminal and school law attorney with over 17 years of experience, I have successfully represented clients all over the Chicago area. My practice includes DUI, felony, criminal, misdemeanor, homicide, internet crime, retail theft, traffic offenses, cyberstalking, drug crimes, weapons violations, domestic battery and juvenile crime. I also represent families involving school cases. My clients come from all over the Chicago area including Skokie, Wilmette, Niles, Northbrook, Glenview, Evanston, Winnetka, Highland park, Northfield, Park Ridge, Des Plaines and Mount Prospect. I am a member of the ACLU and the Illinois State Bar Association. I serve as a volunteer for First Defense Legal Aid. Se habla espanol.
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