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How an Aggravated Speeding Charge Can Impact You 

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How an Aggravated Speeding Charge Can Impact YouDriving at speeds over the legal speed limit is a dangerous mistake. Not only does speeding increase the likelihood of a dangerous motor vehicle collision, but it is also viewed as a serious traffic violation. While minor speeding violations will simply result in points against your license, driving at speeds 26 mph or more over the speed limit can result in an aggravated speeding charge. If you have been charged with aggravated speeding, it is critically important to speak with a skilled legal professional as soon as possible.  

The Legal Ramifications of Aggravated Speeding

In the state of Illinois, an aggravated speeding conviction constitutes a Class B misdemeanor. If the driver is apprehended while traveling at speeds that exceed 35 mph over the speed limit, the charge will be elevated to reckless driving, which is a Class A misdemeanor. Regardless of the class of misdemeanor, the potential criminal punishment for a conviction can be significant. A person charged with aggravated speeding can face up to six months in prison, fines as high as $1,500 and additional court charges. If the charge is elevated to a Class A misdemeanor, the driver could face up to one year in prison. 

If the driver is ultimately charged, the violation will strike 50 points against their license. Three moving traffic violation convictions in 12 months will result in a driver’s license suspension, and the points determine how long the suspension will last. Drivers who are younger than 21 can have only two moving violations in 12 months. Additionally, the driver may be forced to take part in community service activities and possibly traffic school. 

Fortunately, there are a number of defenses that can be effective in aggravated speeding cases. If the speed limit sign was hidden from view or poorly lit, the defense should be fairly straight forward. An attorney may argue that the officer’s radar or laser was incorrect in calculating the driver’s speed. If you were speeding due to emergency circumstances, your attorney may be able to elaborate on the circumstances in court. 

Contact a DuPage County Traffic Violation Lawyer 

At McMahon Law Offices, we are dedicated to representing our clients to the best of our ability. Everyone makes mistakes, including drivers, and we are prepared to develop a comprehensive defense strategy to help you avoid a conviction. If you are ultimately convicted, we will guide you through the necessary license reinstatement processes. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a dedicated DuPage County criminal defense attorney, contact us today at 630-953-4400. 

Sources:

https://www.isba.org/sections/trafficlaw/newsletter/2015/06/excessiveaggravatedspeeding

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