Arrested for Reckless Driving?
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Colorado Revised Statutes §42-4-1401 describes reckless driving as operating a vehicle "in such a manner as to indicate either a wanton or a willful disregard for the safety of persons or property." The law concerning reckless driving is vague and leaves a great deal up to the interpretation of the officer on the scene. A conviction for reckless driving means a minimum 10 days in jail for a first offense and can lead to being deemed a habitual traffic offender. Habitual traffic offenders lose their driving privileges for 5 years and face other possible penalties.
If you do not fight a charge of reckless driving, eight points will automatically be recorded on your driving record. A second offense for reckless driving can mean up to six months in jail and eight points on your driving record. An injury or death resulting from reckless driving is punishable by a sentence to prison. If you or a loved one has been given a ticket for reckless driving you are strongly advised to seek the assistance of a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney skilled in fighting traffic offenses.
You have a lot to lose if reckless driving charges result in the loss of your license, and no one deserves to be unfairly punished based off of baseless accusations. I can work with you to discover the truth in your case and ensure that you receive the fairest possible outcome in your criminal case. Find out more by calling my office and speaking with me directly!
What Is Reckless Driving?
Careless driving is also a vaguely worded law which allows an officer to put his own interpretation on a driver's conduct. Careless driving and reckless driving are more than just traffic infractions, they are both criminal offenses. Careless or reckless driving is often combined with other traffic violations such as speeding and reckless driving. A prosecutor may offer a deal if you will just plead guilty. Talk to a respected attorney before you agree to any deal. It may be that the prosecution's case isn't as strong as you think it is.
Some things that are considered reckless driving includes:
- Speeding 25 miles over the posted speed limit
- Speeding in poor weather conditions
- Weaving through traffic in a dangerous manner
- Racing another vehicle
- Eluding a police officer
An experienced lawyer can evaluate your situation and advise you as to your legal options and defense strategies which could be effectively used. You have the right to a fair hearing and to be represented by aggressive legal counsel who is committed to fighting for you. You have everything to gain from taking advantage of the expertise of a criminal defense lawyer at The Samuelson Law Firm. Call today for a consultation with a Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer.