We’ve all done it. Speed. Sometimes you’re in a hurry, another times you just aren’t paying attention to how fast you’re going. And sometimes, it just feels good to go fast. Whatever the reason, most of us have been stopped at one time or another for speeding. While speeding certainly isn’t a felony, if you’re charged and it sticks, you could be in for a lot of trouble. Depending on where you get the citation and how many speeding citations you’ve received, there could be significant fines, driving school, and a considerable hike in your car insurance.
Worst Case Scenario
In Rhode Island, your license can be suspended for speeding. Rhode Island law gives Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal Magistrates wide discretion regarding the punishment of drivers who speed. A suspended license can have a major impact on your livelihood and the well-being of your family. If you encounter a “hanging” judge, you may very well find yourself unable to drive for quite some time.
Fines for Speeding in Rhode Island
- First Offense. Speeding 1-10 mph over the speed limit: $95 fine. Speeding 11+ mph over the speed limit: an additional fine of $10 per every mile over and a minimum $205 fine.
- Second Offense. Speeding 1-10 mph over the speed limit: $10 per mile for each mile over the speed limit. Speeding 11+ mph over the speed limit: $15 per every mile over, if within twelve (12) months of the first offense.
- Third Offense. Speeding 1-10 mph over the speed limit: $15 per mile for each mile over the speed limit and a potential 30-day license suspension. Speeding 11+ mph over the speed limit: $20 per mile for each mile over the speed limit and a potential 60-day license suspension.
- Fourth Offense. If you receive a fourth offense of speeding within 18 months, you are facing up to a 2-year license revocation and 1-year license suspension. Penalties also include up to $1,000 in fines, 60 hours of community service, and 60 hours of a driving training course.
Your Best Defense
Given the penalties, it is always in your best interests to challenge speeding tickets. Hiring a lawyer versed in the rules and penalty exceptions can significantly reduce penalties and charges. Accept charges without counsel, and you might be opening yourself up to some serious fines and other penalties. Using exceptions, including your good driving record, a good attorney can get a reduction in penalties and often a dismissal of charges.
The Calvino Law Associates Promise
If you’ve decided to contest a speeding ticket, or just need someone to advise you whether or not you should proceed, the attorneys at Calvino Law Associates are here to help. We have an impressive record in defending clients charged with speeding violations. If you’ve received a citation, don’t take it lying down. Let us fight for you. Call us at (401) 205-3733 or use our online contact form.
We serve Providence, North Kingstown, and the surrounding areas in Rhode Island.
373 Elmwood Ave.
Providence, RI 02907