How to Handle A Reckless Driving Ticket

How to Handle A Reckless Driving Ticket

A reckless driving ticket can affect your driving record and negatively influence your life in many ways.  You may lose your license if the ticket is bad enough.  Your monthly insurance payment will likely go up once your insurance company discovers the ticket.  It is important to your future when you find yourself dealing with a ticket such as this that you take the right steps to protect yourself and defend your rights as a citizen.  The first step to defending yourself is better understanding the charges brought against you.

Reckless Driving

There are several different types of reckless driving that you may be charged with.

  • By speed
  • Driving that is life threatening
  • Failure to control your vehicle

The laws in each state will set the limitations for the type of ticket you receive.  Many states have laws that set limits on what speed you must be going to receive a reckless speeding ticket.  Once you have surpassed these limits, if you are pulled over, you will receive the ticket for reckless speeding.

Reckless driving can also be charged when the lives of those in your car or the lives of others are threatened.  This can be a speed that is too high, not controlling your vehicle, or anything else that threatens the lives of those around you.  If you are caught doing any of these things, the officer who pulls you over is likely to issue you a reckless driving ticket for endangering lives.

You may also receive a reckless driving ticket if you are unable to control your vehicle.  Whether you are having problems with your car, or are impaired to the point that you cannot drive for some reason, any time you are unable to control your car you run the risk of receiving a reckless driving ticket.

Defending Yourself

The consequences of each type of reckless driving ticket can be severe.  It is important to your future that you are able to defend yourself and reduce the charges and fine if at all possible.  Your first step when you receive a ticket is to consult an attorney to figure out your options.  An attorney with experience in this area will be able to counsel you as to the right steps to take and your chances of victory.

The first step of your attorney will be to identify the charges that have been placed against you.  Your lawyer will work to better understand what happened and what the problem was.  Once your attorney has researched the charges and understands the problem, they will begin the second step.

The second step for your attorney will be to get the charges reduced or dismissed depending on the evidence in your case.  In order to save you from jail time or from a large fine, your attorney will do all they can to ensure that you receive the minimum fine and penalty.  If you are innocent of the charges, they will do what they can to have the charges completely dropped.

Whether you were driving recklessly or are wrongfully accused, defending yourself from the beginning can make a huge difference in your future driving privileges and the rest of your life.  Be sure to properly know your rights before you find yourself in this situation.

If you have been charged with reckless driving and would like to discuss your charge with one of our experienced attorneys, please give us a call at 804-355-8037.  We will give you a free consultation and can discuss our strategy for achieving the best possible outcome in your case.

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