If a police officer stops you for speeding in Illinois, you may assume that the worst that can happen is you have to pay a fine and that you may receive a few points on your record. This is not necessarily the case.
Depending on the speed at which you were traveling, the consequences of your actions may be slightly more severe than a fine and a few demerit points. In extreme cases, you may have to serve jail time. DrivingLaws by Nolo explains instances in which you may have to serve jail time for speeding.
Penalties for violating posted speed limits in Illinois
The consequences of speeding depend on a few factors, including the type of speed limit you broke — basic or absolute — where you were speeding, why you were speeding and several other circumstances. However, in general, you will face the following penalties:
- A $120 fine if an officer stopped you traveling one to 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit
- A $140 fine if an officer stopped you traveling 21 to 25 MPH over the posted speed limit
- A $1,500 fine if an officer stopped you traveling 26 to 34 MPH over the posted speed limit; possible Class B misdemeanor charges, which carries up to six months in jail
- A $2,500 fine if an officer stopped you traveling at 35 MPH or more over the posted speed limit; possible Class A misdemeanor charges, which carries up to one year in jail
Reckless driving homicide
Depending on the circumstances leading up to your stop, the state may charge you with reckless driving. If you harm or kill another person while speeding, you may face reckless driving homicide charges, which is a felony offense that carries both hefty fines and substantial jail time.
Speeding is not always a serious offense. However, when it is, it can result in significant adverse consequences, including jail time. For this reason, you should not take all speeding tickets lightly.