86 Miles per Hour and You’re a Criminal?

86 Miles per Hour and You’re a Criminal?

86 Miles per Hour and You’re a Criminal?, R&R Law Group

Did you know that if you drive 86 miles per hour the police can give you a criminal traffic ticket? It’s true, and it’s a Class 3 Misdemeanor which means that a conviction for a criminal traffic ticket for excessive speed could get you sent to jail for 30 days, get fined up to $500, receive 3 points on your driving record, and have a permanent criminal record. Moreover, accumulating 8 or more points on your license during a 12-month period could result in suspending your privilege to drive.

There are 3 ways to receive a criminal speeding ticket:

  1. Drive in excess of 35 miles per hour approaching a school crossing;
  2. Exceed the posted speed limit in a business or residential district by more than twenty miles per hour, or if no speed limit is posted, exceed forty-five miles per hour. For example, going 56 miles per hour in a 35 miles per hour zone; and
  3. Exceed eighty-five miles per hour in other locations. For example, going 86 miles per hour in a 75 miles per hour zone.

Due to the fact that this type of ticket qualifies as a Class 3 Misdemeanor in the State of Arizona, you could be confronted with more problems than you realize just because of a traffic ticket.
Some cities like Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, and Phoenix can enhance your citation with 30 days jail time in certain cases if the prosecutor feels that the speed alleged in the case warrants the additional penalty.

Classes of Misdemeanors

There are 3 types of misdemeanors in Arizona. Class 1 Misdemeanors are the most severe. An example of a Class 1 Misdemeanor is DUI, Domestic Violence, and Theft Crimes. Class 2 Misdemeanors include such crimes as reckless driving, and criminal property damage. Class 3 Misdemeanors are the least severe of misdemeanor crimes but they still have heavy fines, court appearances, and the potential for jail time.

It’s best to drive carefully so you don’t have to lie in bed at night thinking about your criminal case – just because you drove 86 miles per hour.
If you would like additional information, please call 480-400-1355. You can also send us an email at info@rrlawaz.com.


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About the Author: Ryan W. Cummings

Ryan attended the University of Evansville in Indiana where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Marketing and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He then received his Juris Doctorate from the Phoenix School of Law where he accelerated his education to graduate early. While at the Phoenix School of Law, Ryan was active within the legal community and was the school’s Student Pro- Bono Coordinator. Ryan also joined the Steering Committee on Arizona Wills for Heroes, a group that writes wills for Police, Fire, EMT, First Responders, Prison and Probation Officers. Ryan is still part of the Steering Committee and actively participates in Wills for Heroes.