Nobody in the Chicago area wants to get stopped for a speeding ticket, yet motorists are stopped every day for speeding in downtown Chicago and in the neighborhoods around the city. Different types of speeding tickets can result in varying penalties under Illinois law. Violations of certain speed restrictions will result in an infraction that requires you to pay a fine if you cannot beat the ticket, while violations of other speed restrictions can result in Class B or Class A misdemeanor penalties, which can carry substantial fines.
Some Speeding Tickets Will Result in Criminal Misdemeanor Charges
Speeding offenses that are between 1 to 25 miles per hour over the speed limit will typically result in traffic violations or infractions that come with a monetary penalty. While you will still need to deal with the fine and points on your driver’s license, you may not face a criminal offense. However, if you are caught speeding at anywhere from 26 to 34 miles beyond the posted speed limit, you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, and you can face a fine of up to $1,500 and six months in jail. If you are caught speeding at 35 miles per hour or more beyond the posted speed limit, you will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and can face a fine of up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail.
You can Get a Speeding Ticket for Traveling Under the Posted Maximum Limit if You are Driving Too Fast for the Conditions
Even if you are driving within the speed limit according to the posted sign, you can still get a speeding ticket if you are driving too fast for conditions. For example, if there is a snow or ice storm and you are traveling nearly at the posted speed limit while a reasonable person would slow down significantly, you could end up getting cited for speeding.
Speeding Violations in Certain Places Carry Additional Penalties
Speeding in certain places can result in additional penalties. For example, if you are cited for speeding in a school zone, you will face higher fines of $150 for a first-time offense and $300 for a second offense. Similarly, if you are stopped for speeding in a construction zone, you can face an initial fine of $250 and a fine of $750 for a second or subsequent offense.
Many Strategies Exist to Help You Fight Your Speeding Ticket
There are various strategies you may be able to employ to beat your speeding ticket, such as showing evidence that a defective speed detection device mis-clocked your speed, or that you were speeding due to an emergency.
Contact a Chicago Speeding Ticket Lawyer
Were you cited for a speeding ticket? It is important to discuss your options with a Chicago speeding ticket defense lawyer. It may be possible to fight your charges and to have them dismissed altogether. If it does not seem likely that we will be able to beat the speeding ticket, our firm may be able to have the charges reduced so you face a lesser penalty. A defense attorney at our firm can discuss your options with you today. Contact the Law Offices of Jonathan Minkus to learn more about fighting your speeding ticket.