In Maine criminal speed is defined as speeding in excess of the speed limit by 30 miles per hour or greater. For example if you're speeding on I 95 and you're driving 95 miles per hour or greater, then you are in violation of our criminal statute for criminal speed. Now oftentimes what we see are people speeding on I 95 and some of the more rural areas where there are less vehicles on the road, usually above Bangor. Perhaps we'll see people doing in excess of 30 miles per hour over the speed limit on the back country roads, or again maybe its 40-45 and people think they can do 70-75 and there won't be a repercussion. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Criminal speed is a serious charge. It carries with it the potential for jail time as well as an impact on your insurance in addition to having the unpleasant experience of being saddled with a criminal offense. When you've been hit with a criminal speed charge and you hit triple digits on the radar, most judges in the State of Maine are going to insist that you do some jail time as part of the sentencing recommendation. That jail can be anywhere from 48 hours to 96 hours or more. The final sentence imposed is dependent on your particular driver history, how many speeding convictions you've had in the past and whether or not you have a criminal history as well as the actual speed alleged.
It's in your best interests that if you've been charged with criminal speed to pick up the phone, call my office and speak with me. This is something that we frequently help people with. Oftentimes we are able to negotiate a very favorable outcome for the client and if necessary we take your case to trial and fight for an acquittal. Don't treat your criminal speed case like an ordinary civil speeding matter. This is a serious criminal offense with serious potential future consequences.