When a person gets behind the wheel and is using public roads, they are
required to drive respectfully and safely. If a driver is on a highway
and intentionally disregards the safety of others around them, they may
be charged with reckless driving. This is not a minor traffic ticket!
Reckless driving is a misdemeanor and a conviction could result in up
to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines. Not only that, but a person will
also have 2 points on their driving record and potentially have their
license suspended. This often results in insurance rates going up or complications
with getting coverage.
What's more, if allegedly reckless driving results in an accident causing
injuries or death, a person may be facing much more severe penalties,
even a felony. Proving that an individual was guilty of reckless driving
in court can be challenging, but often ends up becoming an officer's
testimony against an individual's. That is why it is so important
to fight reckless driving charges, rather than just accept them.
What is considered reckless driving?
A reckless driving charge is not just issued for breaking a traffic law,
such as spending or failing to use a blinker. However, if these actions
are excessive and put others at risk, it may be considered reckless driving.
The following are examples of reckless driving that could result in charges:
- Going an excessive amount over the speed limit
- Weaving in and out of traffic lanes in a dangerous manner
- Purposefully running other vehicles off the road or limiting space
- Dangerously tailgating or instigating other drivers
- Attempting to engage in street racing
Other times a person may be charged with reckless driving is when alcohol
is involved. An attorney may be able to get a person's charges down
to a wet or dry reckless driving charge, rather than DUI. This is typically
only an option for first-time offenders in borderline DUI cases.
Regardless of the reason you are facing reckless driving charges, you can
call our firm for counsel.