I got arrested for street racing. What is the sentence for this offense under Illinois law?

by Sami Azhari on March 17, 2010

Street Racing

Street racing is a criminal offense in the Illinois Vehicle Code, and the penalties can be very serious. The law is 625 ILCS 5/11-506, and it provides that it is illegal to engage in street racing on any highway in the state of Illinois. A highway is generally any public road.

It is also against the law for a vehicle owner to allow another person to use his or her car for street racing.

Street racing is defined as any of the following factual scenarios:

  1. Two or more vehicles driving side by side in a contest of speed or distance.
  2. Two or more vehicles competing on a course measuring speed or acceleration within a distance or time limit.
  3. One vehicle or more attempting to outgain or outdistance another.
  4. One vehicle or more preventing another from passing.
  5. One vehicle or more used to reach a destination before another.
  6. One vehicle or more used to test the stamina of the drivers over long distances.

The sentence for street racing is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a punishment of up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. The court is entitled to impose a sentence of community service.

A person who allows another to use his or her vehicle in street racing is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor, which is up to 180 days jail and a fine of $1,500.

The critical issue for street racing is that a conviction will cause the Secretary of State to revoke the defendant’s driver’s license for a minimum period of one year. The defendant will have to appear before a hearing officer in order to get reinstated.

Street racing is a felony offense called aggravated street racing on the second offense (which also has a mandatory minimum fine of $500). If the driver is involved in an accident and the result is great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement, then the offense is an enhanced Class 4 felony with a sentencing range of 1-12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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