Reckless Driving Charges Are Very Real
We have all driven less than ideally a time or two, but reckless driving goes beyond fiddling with your GPS while behind the wheel. Reckless driving charges relate to driving that takes the matter to the next level, and it is classified as a misdemeanor that can lead to jail time. Better understanding the charge of reckless driving can help protect your rights moving forward.
What Qualifies as Reckless Driving?
In the State of Texas, reckless driving refers to motorists who display a wanton disregard for the safety of others on the road. Every motorist owes every other person with whom he or she shares the road a duty of care, which translates to following the rules of the road and safely accommodating others on the road. A driver who simply does not concern himself or herself with the safety of others – and displays this lack of concern in his or her driving – can be described as driving recklessly.
Examples of Reckless Driving
Reckless driving can present itself in multiple forms, but some of the most common examples include:
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Ignoring traffic lights, signals, or signs
Texting behind the wheel
Refusing to yield the right-of-way
Speeding past a stopped school bus that has its stop sign extended
Attempting to elicit or engaging in street racing
Evading a law enforcement official
Each of these can be interpreted to display a level of disinterest in the safety of others that reaches the classification of recklessness.
You Could Spend Time behind Bars
If you are convicted of reckless driving – depending upon the seriousness of the alleged offense – you could spend up to 30 days in jail. If it is not your first offense, the matter generally becomes that much more serious. Having a misdemeanor conviction on your record can also have serious (and often unanticipated) social consequences that can affect your ability to rent a house or apartment, to change jobs, to maintain your professional licensure, and more. Crafting your strongest defense is critical to avoiding the negative consequences of a conviction, and the following defense strategies often apply:
The charge is based on a mistake of fact, such as you were not the person driving or your driving was not actually reckless in nature.
Your allegedly reckless driving was born of necessity, such as an emergency.
Your driving may have been negligent, but there was no harmful intent.
Every charge of reckless driving is unique to the circumstances at hand, and so too is every successful defense strategy.
It Is Time to Consult with an Experienced Killeen Criminal Defense Lawyer
Brett Pritchard at The Law Office of Brett H. Pritchard in Killeen, Texas, is a dedicated criminal defense lawyer who dedicates his practice to helping clients like you obtain favorable case resolutions. Our accomplished legal team is here to help, so please do not wait to contact us online or call us at 254-501-4040 for more information today.