We are now two full months into 2014, and some may have forgotten that a new law went into effect in 2014 which provided for much harsher penalties for excessive speeding.

It used to be that most charges for speeding were considered a petty offense, which meant that the maximum penalty was a small fine. 

Beginning in 2014, however, if you are alleged to have been speeding 26 mph to 34 mph over the posted speed limit, the charge is now a Class B misdemeanor.  Under Illinois law, if you are found guilty of a Class B misdemeanor, your could be sentenced up to 180 days in the county jail, and fined up to $1500.

Additionally, starting in 2014, if you are charged with speeding 35 mph or more over the posted speed limit, that charge is now a Class A misdemeanor, under which you can be sentenced to a maximum of 364 days in the county jail and fined up to $2500.

I have noticed on the expressways, especially where the speed limit is 55 mph, many drivers are travelling over 80 mph!  Not only is this a safety hazard which can cause serious injuries as a result of a crash; but you can now, under this new law, be sentenced to spend considerable time in county jail, if convicted.

For more information and resources, visit our website at payonklaw.com.

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Richard Sutton March 02, 2014 at 03:38 PM
well this makes total sense (non sarcastic). jail time is for the maximum penalty for class a and b misdemeaners , they will only get like a 200 dollar fine. people need to slow down maybe this will make people that speed listen a little more.
Lester Scanland March 02, 2014 at 09:29 PM
80 in a 55 is 25 miles over the speed limit and not considered a Class B misdemeanor.
ChiCubs1 March 03, 2014 at 10:07 AM
so ridiculous to put people in jail for speeding when people such as sex offenders are out of jail - real smart Illinois!!
JAMES A PAYONK JR March 03, 2014 at 10:35 AM
I do understand that traveling 80 mph in a 55 mph speed limit zone is 25 mph over the speed limit and cannot be charged as a Class B misdemeanor. My point was that if someone is traveling 25 mph over the limit - first, that is a dangerous speed, and second, that is very close to being a Class B misdemeanor, so you should be cautious.
Bob Hicks March 04, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Yet another reason (in a verrrrry long list) to pack up my belongings, and get the hell out of ILL-ANNOY! This once great state has been ravaged by the morons of the Democratic party for far too long... I'm leavin' the Land of Stinkin'!


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