If you are arrested for reckless driving, you might be wondering if you need legal representation.
Many accidents occur each year in the United States due to reckless driving, and many people are hurt or killed as a result of these events. Therefore, in general, reckless driving is a serious traffic offense that can result in a fine, jail time, driver's license suspension, or all of these.
If you are convicted of reckless driving, the penalties will depend on your prior criminal record and the severity of your driving behavior. In any case, reckless driving requires legal representation because the law treats it as a more serious offense than speeding.
What is Reckless Driving?
Reckless driving is a criminal offense that can be charged when a driver operates a vehicle in a careless or dangerous manner. The elements of reckless driving vary from state to state, but typically include speeding, running stop signs or red lights, driving on the wrong side of the road, and weaving in and out of traffic.
Reckless driving also occurs when a driver operates a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or simply is not paying attention to the road.
The Dangers of Reckless Driving
Reckless driving can be extremely dangerous, as it can lead to car accidents and other hazardous situations. When a driver is reckless, they may speed, drive aggressively, or make careless decisions that can put themselves and others in danger. Car accidents caused by reckless driving can be very serious, often resulting in injuries or even death. Additionally, reckless drivers can also cause traffic jams and other disruptions on the road.
What are Some Defenses to a Reckless Driving Charge in North Carolina?
There are several potential defenses to a reckless driving charge in North Carolina. One is that the driver was not actually reckless, but instead was acting reasonably under the circumstances. Another defense is that the driver was forced to act recklessly in order to avoid a serious accident or harm. Additionally, the driver may argue that he or she did not actually cause any harm, or that any harm was minimal, hence any charges should be reduced. Finally, the driver may claim that he or she was falsely accused of reckless driving.
How a Lawyer can Help With a Reckless Driving Charge
A criminal lawyer can help with a reckless driving charge by analyzing the facts of the case, negotiating with the prosecutor, and representing the defendant in court. The lawyer may be able to get the charge reduced or dismissed, or he or she may be able to negotiate a plea agreement that includes a lesser charge or a probationary period. If the case goes to trial, the lawyer will argue on the defendant's behalf and try to win an acquittal.
In courts, most evidence needs to be based on facts, and a skilled lawyer will help gather the following details that can help reduce the charges, or have them totally dismissed:
Speedometer calibration to prove that you were not driving as fast as the police officer claims;
Evidence of improper signs that may show that the speed limit signs near where you were missing, vandalized, or hidden at the time;
Medical records that show you were speeding due to a medical emergency;
A history of your commitment to safe driving.
Coastal South Law
In conclusion, reckless driving is a serious offense and can result in criminal charges. If you are facing criminal charges for reckless driving, you should seek legal representation. An experienced attorney at Coastal South Law can help you build a strong defense and protect your rights.
Contact us today so we can begin to gather evidence to use in your favor in court and work to have your charges dropped or significantly reduced.