Before you resign yourself to paying a speeding ticket, you should first consider the potential costs you may continue to pay down the road.
A $75 - $140 speeding ticket can cost you hundreds of dollars more in higher insurance costs and traffic school courses. A routine speeding ticket may also lead to the suspension of your driver's license if you have three moving violations in a 12-month period. The cost of losing your transportation and mobility can greatly impact your ability to commute to work. If you are required to drive during the course of your job, the effects could be devastating. In the long run, it may cost you less to hire an experienced traffic offenses lawyer who can resolve your speeding ticket quickly and favorably.
Speeding Tickets And Insurance Costs
Your insurance company can easily access your Illinois motor vehicle records and increase your rates whenever you receive a moving violation. The more speeding tickets or moving violations you accrue, you may experience more severe consequences to your driver's license. Typical auto insurance increases are:
- 18% increase for one speeding ticket
- 34% increase for two speeding tickets
- 53% increase for three speeding tickets
If you receive three speeding tickets in a 12-month period, your driver's license can be suspended by the DMV. Our legal team's goal when handling a speeding ticket case is to have the violation dropped or significantly reduced to a non-moving violation that would not affect your insurance or your driving privileges.
Increased Penalties For Increased Speeds
The state of Illinois recently increased the penalties for the highest levels of speeding tickets:
- Driving 30 to 39 miles per hour over the speed limit is a class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,500 fine
- Driving 40 or more miles per hour over the speed limit is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine
A misdemeanor is considered a criminal charge rather than a violation and will result in a permanent criminal record if you are convicted. Criminal records are accessible by potential employers and landlords and can impact your professional and personal future.
At Patel Law, PC our highly experienced criminal defense lawyers have successfully handled numerous moving violation and speeding ticket cases. Whether you face misdemeanor charges or infractions, our firm is prepared to fully assist you in having your charges dismissed or reduced. Our services are available to all those in need in the Champaign-Urbana region, as well as in Vermilion County and Macon County. Contact Patel Law, PC to schedule a free case consultation.