A speeding ticket for going 100 mph or faster is a serious issue. Different jurisdictions have different policies regarding tickets at these speeds, but post-Covid, most courts are getting tougher. These tickets are becoming more common, as are fatal accidents, and most prosecutors and judges are taking a hard line with speeds over 100.
The difference between jurisdictions is quite pronounced. Some courts will sentence you to 10 days in jail; others will put 2 points on your driving record and fine you. Hiring a lawyer can have a significant impact on the outcome.
What Happens if You Hire a Lawyer for Your 100 mph Speeding Ticket?
The good news is that a traffic attorney can usually keep you out of jail. There are some places in Missouri where going over 100 mph is a terrible idea, and you will spend some time in jail, even with an attorney, but they are uncommon.
In a broad sense, an attorney can work out one of three outcomes.
Points and a fine. Sometimes, it is impossible to keep the speeding ticket off of your record. This usually occurs in a jurisdiction where the default offer is jail. An attorney can often keep you out of jail, but you will get points for the speeding ticket, and it will appear on your driving record. You will also likely receive a steep fine of $500 or more.
Suspended Imposition of Sentence (SIS). A common outcome is an unsupervised probation that, when successfully completed, results in the ticket not appearing on your driving record. Standard stipulations with this type of probation are completing community service and a driver's improvement class. The community service can be completed at a non-profit organization of your choice, such as a church, animal shelter, food bank, etc., and is usually one hour per mile per hour over the limit. The driver improvement class usually takes 8 hours and can often be completed online.
Amendment. In rare instances, a prosecutor will agree to amend the high-speed ticket to a no-point violation like parking that will not appear on your driving record. You will be assessed a fine, which will likely be between $225 and $500, but that is it.
Don't try to fight a 100-mile-per-hour or over speeding ticket alone. The fact that you are dealing with a “speeding ticket” can lull you into complacency, but over 100 is a serious situation with serious consequences. Hire an experienced traffic attorney like Ruth Beerup. She has been protecting clients for over 25 years and deals with high-speed tickets weekly.