A new Illinois law has dropped the threshold for when your routine speeding ticket becomes a criminal offense.
Speeding first became criminalized as a misdemeanor in 2011. Driving more than 31 miles over the limit was upgraded to a Class B Misdemeanor, while speeding 40 and over became a Class A. Starting January 1, 2013, driving 25 miles over the limit is enough to trigger a 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.
In a bid to crack down on lead-footed drivers even more, the new law bars you from receiving supervision if you speed over 25 miles. Supervision is essentially a warning to stay out of trouble and is not considered a conviction for criminal law or insurance purposes. Now, if you plead or are found guilty of speeding over 25 miles, the judge must convict you.
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