Excessive speed or criminal speeding in Arizona is a class 3 misdemeanor carrying a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.
So when does your lead foot take you from a civil traffic citation to a crime? Under a couple of circumstances:
(1) Exceeding 85mph anywhere in this state can get you a criminal speeding ticket,
(2) Exceeding 35mph approaching a school crossing,
(3) Exceeding the posted speed limit by 20mph in a business or residential district or if no speed is posted exceeding 45mph.
If you are found guilty, the MVD will also be glad to add 3 points against your license and perhaps send you to defensive driving school. A criminal speeding ticket could also lead to a suspended license and other penalties imposed by MVD.
Excessive speed should not be taken lightly. It is a crime. If you have been charged with excessive speed, call (480) 467-4370 today for a free consultation.