I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
Driving more than 26 mph over the speed limit is a Class B misdemeanor, which means that you may be entitled to a free lawyer if you qualify, and it sounds like you will. The Constitution says that whenever a person might be deprived of their liberty, they have a right to have a lawyer help them out, even if they can't afford one. Jail is VERY unlikely here if you don't have a criminal record, but it is possible, so you can ask for a lawyer when you go to the court date. They are only allowed to say no if the district attorney is prepared to swear, on the record, that they will not ask for any time in jail. (And, again, you won't actually wind up in jail for something like this.) Most courts will allow you to make payments toward the fine if you ask them for a payment plan.
What the speeding ticket statute says is that a person's license will be suspended if they're convicted of speeding 26 mph over the speed limit or more on two or more separate occasions within a 2 year period AND one of them occurred in a construction zone. See 625 ILCS 5/11-605.1. There is no automatic suspension if you weren't in a construction zone and haven't been convicted of speeding in the past several years.
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