Some drivers put others and themselves at risk when they drive in a reckless manner, have wanton disregard for other’s lives and property, and drive at an immoderate rate of speed in a carless manner. This is the definition of reckless driving, which so many drivers partake in every year despite the consequences. If a driver is endangering other people on the road, they are probably driving recklessly. Have you been charged with the crime and want to gain a better understanding? Find out more now.
Were You Really Driving Recklessly?
Have you been arrested after a day on the road and wonder if you actually were driving recklessly? Have the courts or a judge founded that it is possible you partook in the crime? The following are some of the behaviors that are proved by the prosecution in a reckless driving case:
- Driving much faster than the speed limit in a dangerous way
- Passing red lights or stop signs and endangering lives
- Failure to yield a right-of-way
- Failure to give hand or electronic signals
- Not having the proper lights on your vehicle
You should remember that a mere error of judgment should not lead to a reckless driving charge. For instance, if you pass a stopped car and collide with a vehicle that was difficult to spot, then you should not be charged. However, if you were committing illegal driving conduct and were well aware of it, you will receive a charge.
A “wet reckless” charge in California stems from reckless driving involving the consumption of alcohol. This crime is designed for plea bargaining purposes, because nobody can technically charge you with the crime. Instead, it allows someone charged with a DUI to plead to an offense that is less than a DUI. However, it may be difficult to get your case lessened after you have committed the serious crime of a DUI. The Legislature actually didn’t like the idea of “Wet Reckless,” which is why they passed a bill providing that when any bargain is made relating to these cases, it must be placed “on the record” that the offense involved alcohol or drugs.
The Penalties For Reckless Driving
There are many traffic offenses that you could commit; however, reckless driving is one of the most serious. You could face serious penalties that include hefty fines and revocation of your license. Here are some of the most common penalties for these charges:
Jail Time: If you have been arrested for reckless driving, it will probably be charged as a misdemeanor offense. However, some states will consider it a felony. This could bring a year or more in state prison on some occasions.
Fines: This is a very common penalty for reckless driving but the fine will vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the crime.
Probation: These sentences are possible with reckless driving convictions; however, it could depend upon your history. You will have to abide by specific terms, which usually include finding a job, making regular visits to a probation officer, and not committing any other traffic crimes.
Suspended License: You may have your license suspended or revoked. This could be up to 30 days minimum unless you have prior convictions.
If you have been charged with reckless driving, you know you face some serious penalties. It may be in your best interest to have an attorney on your side that understands your case in full and can help you every step of the way. Give us a call today at The Law Office of Peter Blair for more information.