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Felony Speeding California:
Legally Explained in 2024

In California, the term “felony speeding” refers to excessive speeding or certain reckless driving behaviors that can lead to criminal charges and, in some cases, felony charges.
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How Much Can I Go Over The Speed Limit Before It Becomes A Felony In California?

Without additional offenses, speeding is a citable infraction in California, not a crime. However, excessive speed can contribute to reckless driving or street racing charges. Speeding becomes a felony in California when a driver exceeds 100 mph, or goes over double the posted speed limit, causing injury or death.

Reckless Driving in California

Reckless driving can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony in California, depending on the specific circumstances. As stated above, reckless driving that causes injury or death may be considered a felony. Additionally, if a person is driving at an extremely high speed (over 100 mph), it can be considered reckless driving, especially if it endangers other motorists.

California has specific laws addressing speed limits and reckless driving. Violating these laws can result in citations, fines, license points, and criminal charges. Reckless driving charges can have serious consequences, including criminal penalties, fines, and potential jail time.

How Much Faster Can You Go Over the Speed Limit in California?

In California, exceeding the posted speed limit is considered a violation of traffic laws. There is no “allowable” number over the speed limit that is legally acceptable. Speed limits are set to promote safety, and drivers are expected to obey these laws.

That said, law enforcement agencies recognize that minor variations in speedometer accuracy, road conditions, and traffic flow can influence a driver’s perception of their vehicle’s speed.

This causes some jurisdictions to employ “speedometer tolerance,” a concept that allows for a small margin of error. Speedometer tolerance is typically minimal, and drivers are still expected to stay near the posted speed limit.

Please Note: Exceeding the speed limit, even by a small amount, can result in a traffic citation. The exact penalties for a speeding infraction depend on the extent of the violation and whether it occurred in a construction zone, school zone, or other designated area that has a special speed limit.

What To Do If You’ve Been Charged With Reckless Driving in California

If you are facing charges related to reckless driving or excessive speeding in California, you should consult with a criminal defense attorney. An attorney can provide guidance based on the specific circumstances of your case and help navigate you through the legal process. Additionally, they can assist you with exploring potential defenses or negotiating for reduced charges, if applicable.

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