Getting a speeding ticket may not seem like a very big deal to most people. While an average speeding ticket in Gilbert is only a civil violation and has relatively minor consequences, criminal speeding is charged as a class 3 misdemeanor which can come with maximum penalties of 1-month jail, a $500 fine and up to one year of probation. Further, as discussed before, criminal charges leave a permeant stain on your record under Arizona law.
The question most people want to know is, what conduct pushes a speeding ticket from a civil infraction to a criminal infraction in Gilbert? Essentially, there are 3 ways that a driver could be guilty of criminal speeding. Any one violation of the three infractions could be grounds for an individual criminal speeding charge. See below the graphic showing three types of infractions that lead to a criminal speed charge in Arizona.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your specific situation, criminal speeding charges can often be reduced to a lesser charge. This is especially true if you do not have any prior traffic convictions and your speed was only slightly over the statutory limitations. Further, our attorneys will often challenge the device used by law enforcement to calculate a suspected person’s speed. These devices are often inaccurate if not properly and regularly maintained and calibrated. Call Rosenstein Law Group today to speak with one of our criminal traffic defense attorneys at (480) 248-7666.