We understand the call of the open road, and while we’re all guilty of going a little too fast every once in a while, you have to be careful how fast you go on Minnesota roads. Whether you’ve got a new car or an open road in front of you, we understand that it can be tempting to punch the gas and see how fast you can go. However, if you hit triple digits on the speedometer and the police spot you, you can end up facing huge consequences.
Penalties For Speeding Over 100 MPH in Minnesota
You might think there’s no harm in seeing if you can get up to 100 miles per hour on the open road, but once you hit triple digits, you’re facing severe consequences. Under Minnesota Statute 169.14, any person who violates the speed limit by driving in excess of 100 miles per hour will have their driver’s license revoked for at least six months. This revocation can be extended if other factors are present, like they injured another person or they were under the influence at the time of the incident.
But losing your driver’s license isn’t the only penalty you’ll face. For starters, there is the fine. A typical speeding ticket in Minnesota will range from $100-$200, but because of your excessive speed, that fine will likely double. If the officer feels that your excessive speed endangered others, the charge can be upgraded from a petty misdemeanor to a misdemeanor, meaning you could face a fine of up to $1,000. So while you can expect a speeding ticket for approaching 100 mile per hour to be in the $300-$500 range, there’s a chance it could be even more.
Aside from fines, a misdemeanor offense also carries the potential of jail time. You can be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail, but judges rarely send people to prison for misdemeanor offenses. However, if you have a number of criminal convictions or traffic citations on your record, it is not out of the question that you’ll have to spend time in jail. Finally, jail is almost a certainty if you’re caught at those speeds and you end up in a crash that hurts others, or you are found to be under the influence.
Contact An Excessive Speeding Lawyer
As you can see, that momentary rush of flooring the gas pedal can cost you big time. However, as long as you don’t have a pattern of reckless driving in your past, odds are a defense lawyer can work with a judge or a prosecutor and help get the charge reduced. Oftentimes an attorney can help you hold onto your license, which is essential if you need it to commute to work or school. We can’t promise that you’ll retain your license, but we’ll work with you and the other side to reach a compromise that works for everyone.
Of course, if you believe the radar gun was faulty or you had a valid reason for speeding, we’ll gladly fight the case in court for you. Usually this isn’t the case, but that doesn’t mean you need to plead guilty and ask the judge for mercy. Come talk to Avery Appelman and the lawyers at Appelman Law Firm. We offer a free initial case review where we’ll sit down with you and go over your options. If money is tight or you absolutely need to hang onto your license, let us know, and oftentimes we can work with the other side to ensure all of your needs are considered.
Minneapolis Speeding Lawyers
If you’d like to talk about your case, and again, this is a no-strings-attached initial consultation, you can set that up by clicking here or by calling our office at (952) 224-2277. You’re never out of options if you have Appelman Law Firm by your side. Contact our St. Louis Park office today. We handle cases in Ramsey County, Anoka County, Hennepin County and all across the greater Twin Cities metro area and its suburbs.