Arizona views all speeding citations in one of two categories: criminal speeding and civil speeding violations. Obviously, criminal speeding citations are more serious and carry greater penalties.
So what constitutes criminal speeding in Arizona? Here are four common scenarios that can lead to criminal charges in the state.
1. When a driver exceeds 85 mph on any roadway.
This usually occurs on highways and freeways, but criminal speeding tickets can be written anywhere drivers exceed 85 mph. There are different maximum speed limits for various areas – 65 mph and 75 mph on rural Interstates – but going over 85 in any part of the state could net you a criminal speeding charge.
2. When a driver exceeds 35 mph near a school crossing area.
The safety of children is paramount in Arizona, and when drivers exceed 35 mph while approaching a school crossing zone, they can be charged with criminal speeding.
3. When a driver exceeds the posted speed limit by 20mph or more.
This applies to business and residential areas that have posted speed limits. In residential areas, this usually means speed limits of 25mph, and 15mph in alleyways, while larger roads may have speed limits of 35 – 40 mph.
4. When a driver exceeds 45 mph in a business or residential area with no posted speed limit.
Some stretches of business and residential areas don’t have posted speed limits. In these areas, going over 45 mph could result in a criminal speeding charge.
According to A.R.S. 28-701.02, any of these circumstances can be charged as a class 3 misdemeanor. If you’re facing criminal speeding charges in Arizona, contact JacksonWhite Law to explore your options. Call us today at (480) 818-9943.