Is driving over 100 mph a felony?

I was recently driving over 100 mph on the highway, and I got pulled over. Thankfully, the officer let me go with a warning, but he told me that next time it will be a criminal offense. What’s the charge for driving over 100 mph?

Macy Fouse · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Ooh, close call! Driving over 100 mph isn’t a felony unless it leads to serious injury or death. That being said, the officer could’ve charged you with reckless driving, which is typically a misdemeanor criminal charge.
In most cases, speeding only comes with a fine and traffic points, not criminal charges. But driving 100 is a different story.
Broadly, reckless driving is any driving behavior that endangers others—including driving way over the speed limit. The specifics vary from state to state, though. For example:
  • In North Carolina, speeding more than 15 mph over the limit is a Class C misdemeanor
  • Meanwhile in New Hampshire, reckless driving is anything over 100 mph
A reckless driving charge can come with hefty fines, license suspension, or even jail time. Plus, misdemeanor charges can appear on background checks and may take quite a few years to disappear from your record—if they do at all.
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