When is Speeding a Criminal Offense?

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.

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