As of January 1, 2016, Illinois traffic laws now allow court supervision for first-time offenders charged with aggravated speeding.
Aggravated speeding is either charged as a Class B misdemeanor (if the driver was travelling at 26 – 34 mph over the speed limit), or a Class A misdemeanor (if the driver was travelling at 35 or more mph over the limit).
Under the old law, drivers found guilty of aggravated speeding were convicted. Now they are allowed court supervision, provided they have not previously been convicted for a similar offense and the speeding did not take place in a construction zone, school zone or urban district.
Why Is This Important?
This change in the law benefits Illinois drivers because supervision is not a conviction. If you are granted supervision and complete the requirements set forth by the court, the charge will be dismissed and will not remain on your record. Conditions of supervision may include community service or traffic safety school.
Remember, supervision is not applicable in all cases and the court has the discretion to impose or not impose a sentence of supervision. If you have been charged with aggravated speeding or any serious traffic offense in Illinois, you should consult with an experienced defense attorney who can help you understand your rights and options.