Reckless driving charges can be incredibly intimidating, especially considering that most people charged with this serious offense have never even been arrested before. Fortunately, there is help and you can fight these charges and win, but only if you have the help of a skilled reckless driving defense attorney in San Diego.
While most driving offenses are only infractions, resulting in criminal citations (traffic tickets), reckless driving is a misdemeanor crime, which means you could be arrested and put in jail for the offense. Even if you are not taken into custody after you were pulled over, you could still face a jail sentence of up to 90 days and be made to pay fines of up to $1,000. The fine and jail sentence can be increased even more if you have any previous offenses related to driving on your criminal record. Additionally, reckless driving convictions add two points to your driving record, which means you will be paying more money for your car insurance for years down the line and your vehicle will likely be impounded, meaning you will have to pay further fines to have it released. If you have enough points on your record, you could even lose your driver’s license. That is why it is so important that anyone accused of reckless driving immediately contact a skilled San Diego reckless driving defense lawyer as soon as possible.
In order for you to be convicted for reckless driving, the prosecutors must be able to show that you were driving a vehicle on a highway or off-street parking facility with a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property. Fortunately, there is much leeway in the concept of “showing a wanton or willful disregard for the safety of persons or property,” meaning that if the prosecutor cannot prove that you were aware that your driving presented a risk to persons or property and that you ignored that risk, your San Diego reckless driving lawyer may be able to have the charges against you dropped or reduced, or may be able to prove your innocence in court.
Not only can a North County DUI attorney like Peter M. Liss help you fight the charges, but even if you are convicted, your defense lawyer in San Diego may be able to obtain an alternative sentence that will help you avoid jail time or drastically reduce the fines you will end up paying.
In many cases, reckless driving accusations are also charged with other vehicular crimes, such as hit and run, drunk driving, property damage, injuries to other persons or excessive speeding. If you were going over 100 MPH, then you will face a separate charge and a license suspension. If you were driving recklessly and caused an accident in which someone was injured, you could face felony charges. If you have been accused of any of these crimes in addition to reckless driving, it is imperative you discuss the full extent of the case and the details leading up to your arrest with a top DUI lawyer in San Diego. Doing so is the best way to find out whether your rights were violated during the traffic stop, whether you meet the legal standard to be convicted for the charges being pressed and whether or not you may qualify for a plea bargain or alternative sentencing.
If you have any questions about reckless driving charges, please call North County San Diego DUI defense attorney Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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