Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving

Washington D.C. Criminal Defense Lawyer

More than just a simple traffic violation that generates nothing more than a ticket with a small fine, reckless driving in Washington D.C. is considered a criminal act worthy of arrest, charges, and conviction. Due to the vague nature of reckless driving laws, it is entirely possible that you were arrested for reckless driving without even realizing that your driving behavior could have even been interpreted that way. To keep your chin up and help yourself avoid excessive penalties, you should get the Washington D.C. criminal defense attorneys from Hunter & Johnson, PLLC on your side.

Penalties you could face if convicted of reckless driving include:

Up to $1,000 in fines

90 to 180 days of incarceration

Suspension of driver’s license

Community service

When you let our legal advocates take your case, they can get to work right away on your defense. While we always want to see you acquitted or your case dismissed entirely, there are situations where a conviction is all but guaranteed due to overwhelming evidence against you. Do not think that your case is hopeless, though, for reduced sentencing is always an option as well.

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What Exactly Is Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving is defined as operating a vehicle with “wanton disregard” for the safety of others and property, driving “without due caution”, or driving “at an immoderate rate of speed” for the street and traffic conditions. Although this is a legal definition, it is clearly subjective in many ways, allowing law enforcement officers to make a reckless driving arrest largely based on what they believed to be dangerous or careless.

Certain behaviors usually named in a reckless driving arrest include:

Slowing but not stopping at stop signs

Speeding around blind corners

Changing lanes without signaling

Multiple lane changes

Swerving in and out of your own lane

The vague nature of the law may allow the police to make more arrests under its definition but it also allows an experienced criminal defense attorney, such as the ones you will find at Hunter & Johnson, PLLC to craft creative defense strategies. In particular, the burden of proof still remains on the prosecution for reckless driving charges. If your defense lawyer can argue persuasively that you were in total control of the vehicle, no matter how wild your driving behavior may have seemed to the officer, the prosecution will be faced with the challenge to show that you were not. An analysis of your driving history can be powerful evidence to help you in this regard.

When Accepting Defeat Is Not an Option

Should you wait quietly for your conviction? Our Washington D.C. traffic violation attorneys do not think so! Retaining the services of our lawyers and showing up to court with a solid defense might be enough to throw off the opposition and secure a beneficial conclusion to your case. It all starts with your willingness to stand up for your rights and speak up.

Call 202.759.7929 today and let us be your voice in and out of court.

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