When driving on the open road you can generally navigate freely without much concern about how it will affect your criminal record. However in Arizona, once you exhibit especially reckless speeding behavior it is no longer a civil matter, but a criminal matter.
In Arizona you can get a Class 3 misdemeanor instead of a simple traffic ticket if you exceed 85 mph anywhere, exceed 35 mph while approaching a school crossing, or travel faster than the posted speed limit by more than 20 mph. If your speeding ticket stems from a drag racing situation you may receive an elevated Class 1 misdemeanor.
Criminal speeding is punishable by a maximum of 30 days in jail and up to a $500 fine with surcharges and one year of probation. A court may also call for 3 points against your license and a possible license suspension. Some offenders are offered the option of attending traffic / defensive driving school as a part of their punishment. If the course is successfully completed criminal charges may be stricken from their record.
If you have been charged with criminal speeding it is important to understand that a charge will affect your life more than an average speeding ticket. Contact a criminal attorney to minimize your consequences.