What Is A Class A & B Misdemeanor
If you are ticketed for going 26 miles or more over the speed limit, you are not charged with a petty traffic offense, but with a misdemeanor violation. This ticket carries the possibility of jail time as Illinois has upgraded these speeding tickets to carry a much more serious penalty.
If you are cited for speeding over 26 miles over the speed limit, but less than 40, it is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,500.00. Speeding 40 or more miles per hour over the speed limit is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.00. For this charge, a driver is not eligible for Court Supervision and automatically will receive a permanent conviction on their driving record. That conviction will be available to an insurance company and likely cause an increase to your rates.
A second offense for misdemeanor speeding within two years can cause a 90 day suspension and can possibly trigger a revocation as the Secretary of State can discretionary revoke the license for repeat violators, especially with serious traffic offenses.