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
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.
Get the rundown of your legal options during an
initial consultation today.
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.