Criminal Speeding in Arizona: Traffic Tickets, Laws and Penalties

A criminal speeding ticket may be more serious than you think.

In Arizona, you can be charged with criminal speeding when going more than 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, or when exceeding 85 miles per hour anywhere in the state.

Speeding may seem like a minor violation, when compared to something like a DUI, but in the state of Arizona, excessive speeding can be a misdemeanor crime, making it a serious yet common criminal offense. To put it clearly, Arizona speeding laws should be taken seriously.

With penalties of up to 30 days in jail and up to $500 in fines, criminal speeding in Arizona is more than just a traffic citation, it’s something that can affect your personal life and finances for longer than expected.

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  • One count criminal speeding
  • Reduced to civil traffic violation
  • Attended traffic school
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  • One count criminal speeding
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Arizona Speeding Laws

What is criminal speeding in Arizona? In our state, speeding citations are classified as being in one of two categories: civil speeding violations or criminal speeding. Most cases of minor speeding are civil speeding violations.

However, criminal speeding tickets can be issued in these common cases:

  • When a driver exceeds 85 mph anywhere in the state
  • When a driver exceeds 35 mph while near a school crossing
  • When a driver exceeds a posted speed limit by 20 mph in a business or residential area
  • When a driver exceeds 45 mph when no speed is posted in a business or residential area

If you’ve been pulled over during any one or more of these situations, you could face criminal speeding charges that can affect your ability to drive, and if you have more than one criminal speeding charge, the penalties can be even greater. As you can see, what is considered criminal speeding in Arizona depends on the overall speed, as well as the posted speed limit and general location of where you’re speeding.

Additionally, you can be charged with other offenses, like reckless driving, while also being charged with driving excessively over the speed limit.

Felony Speeding in Arizona

Excessive speeding in Arizona can be a class 3 misdemeanor, but criminal speeding alone is not a felony. If there are other offenses involve, like a DUI, then that may result in felony charges. But in the state of Arizona, there is technically no felony speeding. There may be related charges, such as a hit and run, which may also change the outcomes and charges of your situation.

Read A.R.S §28-701.02 to learn more about excessive speeding.

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Penalties for Criminal Speeding in Arizona

As a class 3 misdemeanor, criminal speeding carries up to 30 days and jail and up to $500 in fines. But the penalties don’t end there. If you were arrested during the traffic stop, you’ll have to pay to have your car retrieved from where it was towed, and there may be other surcharges involved.

The Arizona Motor Vehicle Department adds three points for a criminal speeding traffic ticket, and when if you get more than 13 points in one year, your license can be suspended. The more points you collect in a year, the greater the suspensions you face.

Additionally, your car insurance provider could increase your premiums, meaning you’ll pay more for the same coverage. These increases often last months or years, so you could be paying for your speeding ticket for much longer than you thought.

Considering these punishments, a criminal speeding ticket can be costly.

With help, however, it’s possible to have your case dismissed, attend defense driving school or have your speeding ticket reduced to a civil traffic violation.

Get Help Fighting an Arizona Speeding Ticket

Our criminal defense team, led by Jeremy Geigle and Jon Dosdall, can provide superior legal counsel during your criminal speeding case.

Instead of letting a public defender control your outcome, the attorneys at JacksonWhite Law will be invested in making the most of your day in court.

You’ll have the best chance of avoiding the maximum sentence and minimizing the impact of your speeding offense.

The criminal defense team can help you:

  • Reduce your penalties and fines
  • Reduce your charge to a civil speeding violation
  • Get your speeding offense completely dismissed

At JacksonWhite, we’re invested in protecting your driving rights. Save money, avoid your maximum sentence and get back on the road quickly with the experienced defense team.

If you’re looking to work with the top ranked speeding lawyers in the Phoenix metro area – or anywhere in Arizona – call (480) 467-4370 to set up your free speeding consultation today.

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