Speed Contest, also known as
Exhibition of Speed or Speed Ex, is an unlawful display of speed on public streets or highways
using a motor vehicle. A Speed Contest includes a racing contest against
another vehicle or a "peeling out" by a vehicle.
A Speed Contest is prosecuted in California under Vehicle Code section
23109 and is generally charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90
days in county jail, two years informal probation, plus significant fines.
A Speed Contest conviction will result in two points added to your driving
record. In California, a total of four points in a 12 month period leads
to a suspension of your driving privileges. In addition, a Speed Contest
conviction may substantially increase your automobile insurance premiums.
If you or someone you know is facing Speed Contest charges it is critical
to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn about
your legal options.