Criminal Speeding is a serious traffic offense in Arizona that is charged when a driver is caught driving a vehicle at an excessive or “criminal” speed. The relevant statute is Arizona Revised Statutes 28-701.02.
Under this law, criminal speeding is defined as driving a vehicle:
At a speed of 20 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit in a business or residential district, or
At a speed of 35 miles per hour or more over the posted speed limit in any other area
A conviction for criminal speeding in Arizona is typically charged as a Class 3 misdemeanor, which can result in a fine of up to $500 and a maximum of 30 days in jail. However, if the driver was going more than 85 miles per hour, the offense can be charged as a Class 2 misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to four months in jail and a fine of up to $750.
In addition to the criminal penalties, a conviction for criminal speeding can also result in other consequences, such as increased insurance rates, points on your driver’s license, and a possible suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.
It is important to note that criminal speeding is different from a simple speeding ticket. A simple speeding ticket is a civil traffic violation, while criminal speeding is a criminal offense. If you are charged with criminal speeding in Arizona, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your legal options and potential defenses.