Driving is probably an important matter in your life, much like it is to millions across the U.S. Perhaps you drive to get to work, or drive to pick up family members, for leisure and when it matters the most. Because of this, you don’t want something like a reckless driving charge bringing you down, especially when you rely on your driving to take you where you need to go. We can help if you have been charged with reckless driving in California.
You can be charged and convicted with reckless driving if you have been driving in an unreasonably dangerous manner that puts lives at risk. The court will look at a variety of factors present in your case, such as the time of day, what weather conditions were present, the presence of other people, quality of the vehicle, and more. In cases of reckless driving, you had to have done more than just making a simple road mistake, such as forgetting your turn signal. No, instead you have to act willfully with a disregard for safety, such as knowing that your driving was not safe but continuing on.
Penalties You Could Face
This is the part that leaves a direct impact on many people’s lives – penalties. You may be concerned about the possibility that you will spend time in jail for reckless driving, and this is a very realistic concern because in some cases, you could face up to a year in jail for this crime. In many cases, you will face a misdemeanor, except in cases where you have caused direct injuries to somebody, where you could be charged with a felony. You could also see fines and probation sentences. However, one of the biggest, lasting impacts is a license suspension. There is a mandatory suspension of 30 days when you are convicted of reckless driving, but could be more based on the circumstances of the crime. Because of this, you could face losing your license, which may put you in a tight spot.
Reckless driving charges are not an end-all, meaning we may be able to help you in your time of need. Call us and we will look at the circumstances of your case and know how your charges will be handled by the prosecution so we can help you move forward. If you do not believe you are guilty of this charge, we can help you.