You may be surprised to learn that Arizona drivers can be criminally cited and prosecuted for speeding. An excessive speeding charge results in a criminal arraignment, and often, several court dates with a prosecutor and judge. Arizona’s excessive speeding, also known as criminal speeding, is a Class 3 Misdemeanor. If convicted of excessive speeding, you’re left with permanent criminal record and several lasting collateral consequences. With up to 30 days jail, 1 year probation, and $500 in fines plus surcharges, a criminal speeding is more than just a traffic ticket; it’s a criminal prosecution that can affect your future, career, and finances.
Arizona Revised Statutes refers to the charge as excessive speed; however, it’s more commonly referred to as criminal speed. The charge is found in A.R.S. §28-702.02.