Speeding in Indiana referred to as an Infraction. This is a civil offense, compared to something like public intoxication which is a misdemeanor. Essentially, being cited with an infraction means that you have to pay a civil fine. There is no immediate worry of jail time.

So what kind of infraction will my speeding ticket be?

Under Indiana Code 9-21-5-13 states that speeding violations are classified as follows:

(a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c), a person who violates this chapter commits a Class C infraction. (b) A person who exceeds a speed limit that is: (1) established under section 6 of this chapter and imposed only in the immediate vicinity of a school when children are present; or (2) established under section 11 of this chapter and imposed only in the immediate vicinity of a worksite when workers are present; commits a Class B infraction. (c) A person who while operating a school bus knowingly or intentionally exceeds a speed limit set forth in section 14 of this chapter commits a Class C misdemeanor.

So most standard speeding tickets are going to be classified as Class C infractions, with the exceptions of school zone speeding or work zone speeding.

How much will my Indiana speeding ticket cost me?

Indiana Code 34-28-5-4 sets forth the fines that are issued for speeding infractions:

(f) Except as provided in subsections (g) and (h), a person who has admitted to a moving violation constituting a Class C infraction, pleaded nolo contendere to a moving violation constituting a Class C infraction, or has been found by a court to have committed a moving violation constituting a Class C infraction may not be required to pay more than the following amounts for the violation:

(1) If, before the appearance date specified in the summons and complaint, the person mails or delivers an admission of the moving violation or a plea of nolo contendere to the moving violation, the person may not be required to pay any amount, except court costs and a judgment that does not exceed thirty-five dollars and fifty cents ($35.50). (2) If the person admits the moving violation or enters a plea of nolo contendere to the moving violation on the appearance date specified in the summons and complaint, the person may not be required to pay any amount, except court costs and a judgment that does not exceed thirty-five dollars and fifty cents ($35.50). (3) If the person contests the moving violation in court and is found to have committed the moving violation, the person may not be required to pay any amount, except: (A) court costs and a judgment that does not exceed thirty-five dollars and fifty cents ($35.50) if, in the five (5) years before the appearance date specified in the summons and complaint, the person was not found by a court in the county to have committed a moving violation; (B) court costs and a judgment that does not exceed two hundred fifty dollars and fifty cents ($250.50) if, in the five (5) years before the appearance date specified in the summons and complaint, the person was found by a court in the county to have committed one (1) moving violation; and (C) court costs and a judgment that does not exceed five hundred dollars ($500) if, in the five (5) years before the appearance date specified in the summons and complaint, the person was found by a court in the county to have committed two (2) or more moving violations.

So for instance in St. Joseph County, Indiana the costs you can expect for a simple speeding ticket is $35.50 for the fine, plus $115.50 in court costs for a total fine of $151. Of course, there are other costs associated with the speeding ticket, such as higher insurance costs and possible point issues with your license that could lead to future suspensions.