In this week's installment of Simplified Law, we're going to discuss a common charge in Denver, Jefferson, and Douglas County. Reckless Driving charges can have a negative effect on your future, and it can be difficult to know exactly why you've been charged. Let's look at the simple definition of this crime, and why it's important to work with a traffic lawyer if you've received a ticket for Reckless Driving.
The Lawyer's Definition of Reckless Driving
The legal jargon:
“A person who drives a motor vehicle, bicycle, electrical assisted bicycle, or low-power scooter in such a manner as to indicate either a wanton or a willful disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.”
The Simple Definition of Reckless Driving
The simplified version:
“A person who drives a car, bike, scooter, or electric bicycle with a complete disregard for the safety of other people or their property is guilty of reckless driving.”
Facing Reckless Driving Charges?
Examples of Reckless Driving Charges
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Bad Weather Ticket
Hilary has driven in the snow all of her life. She's quite comfortable driving in icy, wintry conditions. As usual, when the first snow hits the Denver metro area, everyone's driving takes a turn for the worse as they get used to the new conditions. Hilary is in a rush, however. She's late for an important meeting, and she's frustrated by all the people driving slowly because of the conditions. She finally passes a long string of cars, and speeds off, grateful to be moving at a quicker pace. A few minutes later, she is pulled over and is informed she is driving 10 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. The officer tickets her for the speeding, but also says she was driving “dangerously fast for the weather conditions.” Hilary is now facing Reckless Driving charges.
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School Zone Rush
Jack has had a terrible day. He stayed home sick from work, but his boss called, frantic. There was an issue with one of the servers, and Jack is the IT guy. So, Jack is forced to get into his car and head into work, despite his splitting headache and fever. He drives past a school as usual, but is pulled over by a police officer. Jack wasn't paying attention, and was going 25 miles per hour over the speed limit. Jack is sure he saw the speed limit was 45 – and he was only going 50! The police officer points out the school zone sign, with a posted speed limit of 25 per hour. Jack failed to see the flashing lights due to his splitting headache. Because he was speeding through the school zone, Jack is now facing Reckless Driving charges in Arapahoe County.
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Maria and Alice are taking a road trip across the United States. They've always wanted to take a road trip, and after they graduated from high school, they finally have the opportunity. For the trip, Maria's dad lets her take his Dodge Charger. The girls are thrilled, and start their journey. One night, they are on their way to Las Vegas. They're still hyped up on energy drinks and the excitement of being alone in such a fun car for their trip. Maria is driving, and since no one is on the road, she decides to see how fast the car can go. She speeds up to 90 miles an hour, and then punches it to 130 mph. Suddenly, police lights flash and they are pulled over. Since the girls were driving in excess of 80 miles per hour, they are arrested for Reckless Driving charges.
A Reckless Driving conviction will affect your life – contact a lawyer today for a free consultation!
Why You Need a Lawyer for Reckless Driving Charges
If you are facing Reckless Driving charges in El Paso, Larimer, or Adams County, don't hesitate to contact a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer for a free consultation. A conviction could result in possible jail time and fines. In addition, you are looking at increased insurance rates, and the possibility of not being able to drive commercially, or use company vehicles. Don't ignore the charges against you. Work with a lawyer who can work out the best possible outcome in your case.
Get Help Now
If you or a loved one is facing Reckless Driving charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced traffic defense attorney at Sawyer Legal Group for a free consultation at 303-830-0880 for a free consultation. Together, we can protect your future. Request a Free Consultation