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What Penalties Do I Face If I’m Ticketed For Aggravated Speeding In Illinois?

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Every year, thousands of drivers in Illinois are pulled over by law enforcement officials and ticketed for traveling over the speed limit. Speeding tickets and the related fines and penalties vary greatly depending on a number of factors, including how fast you were driving.

If you were ticketed for traveling 35 MPH or more over the posted speed limit, you will face aggravated speeding charges. This type of moving violation is more serious than other types of speeding violations, and it’s important to understand the possible penalties you face.  

Next Steps After An Aggravated Speeding Ticket

A driver who receives a ticket for aggravated speeding is accused of committing a Class A misdemeanor. If you are convicted, you will be forced to pay a $2,500 fine and could potentially face up to 12 months in jail. Additionally, you will have a criminal record, which can have numerous negative personal, professional and financial consequences.

To avoid the serious penalties and consequences associated with aggravated speeding charges, it is important to explore your legal options.

Enlisting the help of an attorney who handles traffic violations can be an important advantage and benefit if you are facing aggravated speeding charges. An attorney will review your driving record, consider your specific circumstances and work to devise a defense strategy.

Court Supervision

If this is your first time being charged with aggravated speeding, court supervision is likely your best option. Under a court supervision sentence, an individual is required to abide by and fulfill certain court-ordered terms during a set timeframe, after which time the pending charges are dismissed and fall off your record. This means that you can avoid suffering the negative consequences associated with having a criminal record.

Conditions associated with court supervision may include:

  • Not incurring additional traffic violations within a certain timeframe
  • Driving curfew
  • Community service
  • Completion of special courses or treatment programs

When Court Supervision Isn’t An Option

If you were previously granted court supervision for an aggravated speeding violation, you do not qualify to receive another similar sentence. Likewise, if your aggravated speeding charges stem from activities committed in a school or construction zone or in an area that is considered to be an urban district, you are not eligible for court supervision.

If you do not qualify for court supervision, an attorney will work to negotiate a plea to a different and less severe penalty.  

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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