The offense of Misdemeanor Speeding can be found in the statute at 625 ILCS 5/11-601.5. The statute creates different levels of misdemeanor offenses depending on the speed over the limit that was travelled.

  • Class A misdemeanor - It is a class A misdemeanor to travel at a speed that is over 35 miles per hour over the posted limit. This is punishable by up to a year in jail and / or a $2,500 fine. 
  • Class B misdemeanor - It is a class B misdemeanor to travel at a speed 26 miles per hour, but less than 35 miles per hour, over the posted speed limit. This is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and / or a $1,500 fine.

Remember, these are the absolute maximum penalties. Hundreds of these cases have been handled and we have yet to represent a client who spends a single night in jail because of a Misdemeanor Speeding ticket. However slight the probability, it is possible that the maximum penalty is imposed. An experienced attorney should be consulted to discuss having this matter resolved.


By hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to negotiate on your behalf, many options can be explored. Depending on the particular driver's history with traffic tickets, a reduction from a criminal offense to a simple petty traffic ticket is common. This is very important as it preserves the driver's criminal background (or lack thereof). 

While promises cannot be as to any particular outcome, one of the best ways to speculate as to future events is to look at previous ones. A r eview of the numerous cases of Misdemeanor Speeding we have handled in the past reveals that a single case was not able to be reduced down to a petty offense. This track record establishes that we are very aggressive in handling these cases and our results speak for themselves. 

When you meet with a criminal defense attorney at a free consultation, certain facts will be discussed and you could get an honest opinion about how your case will be handled if you chose Evan E. Randall to provide your legal defense. 


Is this a criminal offense or something that just shows up on my driving record?

If convicted of the Misdemeanor Speeding, the offense will show up on both the driving abstract as well as background checks. Employers will be able to see the conviction as will anybody else who runs a background check. This is why it is important to get the offense reduced down to a petty traffic ticket.

In fact, Misdemeanor Speeding tickets are heard in the court room that is dedicated to other misdemeanor offenses. Due to the severity, these cases are not heard in the traffic courtroom, 102 for McHenry County, but rather in courtroom 104. Even though they are traffic tickets, driver's should not assume that there are no real consequences because these are criminal charges.

How much are the legal fees?

After handling hundreds of these cases in McHenry County, we have a very good idea of the amount of time, expenses and effort that is going to be required. Therefore, we charge a single flat rate that is discussed and agreed to before representation even begins. In our experience, this is the most transparent way to handle legal fees. While the exact amount may vary slightly depending on each particular case, the amount typically falls around $500 and payment plans are available. 

An exact amount, as well as details about payment plans, can only be provided after a free consultation.