In most areas of the country, people are issued speeding tickets for going 15 or 20 miles over the limit. That is the norm. But in the vast stretch of land we call America, it is only an infraction and it doesn't ruin your chances of employment.
For the rest of America, 15 or 20 over is called speeding. In Virginia, it's called reckless driving. Have YOU ever gone over the speed limit? Have you ever received a speeding ticket? If you have, it'll be interesting to discover how fast you were going. Again, it's the norm in America to issue a speeding ticket for 15 or 20 over, but a permanent criminal record that could easily affect your chances of future employment is not reasonable. It is excessive.
In Arizona it's called "criminal speeding". I have a heavy foot. I've been stopped twice for that. Once in Ajo driving back from a week in Mexico. Many roads in Arizona beg you to speed. The Interstate is often 75 mph, the police generally spot you 10 mph. If you get caught doing 20 over you deserve it. In Arizona criminal speeding (20+ mph over the speed limit) authorizes the cop to handcuff your butt and take you to jail. In Glendale, Az it is mandatory that you are arrested if a cop stops you for criminal speeding.
I was most fortunate in Ajo to have a good cop who advised me to come back and face the judge. I returned on the scheduled date and went before the judge in Ajo. This wasn't my first time in traffic court. Like I said, I have a heavy foot. Never have I met a judge like this guy. He put it in a perspective I've never seen nor heard of. He was a hell of a guy. He agreed to wipe my record clean after I provided the court proof of having gone through traffic school. I have never, I will never, speed in or around Ajo again. Such is the respect that I have for the judge and the people of Ajo who elected him. I gave him my word that I wouldn't speed there and I gave him my word that I would come back and spend some time in Ajo and enjoy the town and its history and its people. I have on several occasions - and driving the speed limit the entire time.
“Bullsh-t is everywhere. The best defense against bullsh-t is vigilance, so if you smell something, say something.”