Misdemeanor Speeding in the State of Illinois

A traffic citation that all drivers know about is speeding.  However, what most drivers don’t know is that in the state of Illinois speeding can be either a petty or a misdemeanor offense.  While a petty offense may not require a court appearance, a misdemeanor offense does.

In Illinois the lawmakers have determined that a speeding offense 26 miles per hour or more over the speed limit is a misdemeanor. Specifically, a speeding ticket for 26-34 miles per hour over the speed limit is a class B misdemeanor, while a speeding ticket for 35 miles or more over the speed limit is a class A misdemeanor. (Source 1 and Source 2).

Each of these speeding offenses require a court appearance and is not something that should be taken lightly.  While a petty speeding ticket cannot result in any potential jail time, a misdemeanor speeding ticket can and you should always have an attorney making sure you don’t go to jail for a speeding ticket. (Source 1 and Source 2).

With some serious consequences to misdemeanor speeding citations, give Finegan & Rinker a call to see how they can help.


1. https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_dc19.pdf

2. https://www.drivinglaws.org/resources/traffic-tickets/speed-violations/illinois-speeding-laws.htm

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