Oakland Reckless Driving Attorney
Reckless Driving Ticket California
If you are charged with reckless driving in the State of California, you face harsh penalties and a misdemeanor on your criminal record. Without legal representation, prosecutors will seek convictions that will likely damage your reputation, your driving record, and your future. At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, our Oakland reckless driving lawyer can build a solid defense against reckless driving charges and negotiate for a reduced charge, such as speeding. With over 10 years of experience, our law office delivers results based on real experience.
California Vehicle Code 23103(a) addresses the crime of reckless driving. By law, "any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving."
California Penalties for Reckless Driving
In the State of California, a conviction for reckless driving has serious and far-reaching consequences, including:
- Up to 90 days in jail
- Misdemeanor conviction on your criminal record
- Up to $1,000 fines
- 2 points on your driving record
- Increase in insurance premiums
- And more
In contrast, a speeding violation is an infraction and only 1 point on your driving record, which can be eliminated by attending a California driving school. When insurance companies get the notification that you have been convicted of reckless driving, your insurance rates will skyrocket—leading to financial difficulties and trouble insuring your vehicle.
Defenses Against Reckless Driving in California
If you were simply speeding, your Oakland reckless driving lawyer can argue that you should not be charged with reckless driving. If your vehicle malfunctioned or poor weather conditions caused you to slide uncontrollably, then your attorney will be able to expose the weaknesses in the prosecution's case by showing that you did not drive with wanton disregard for the safety of others.
When Reckless Driving Is a Good Thing
There are times when a reckless driving conviction is preferred—such as when you are facing a DUI charge. At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, our Oakland reckless driving attorneys can plea bargain with the prosecution to have your DUI charge changed to a dry reckless charge. This is beneficial because a dry reckless charge does not come with an automatic driver's license suspension, has a shorter jail sentence, and reduced fine. Plus, there are no mandatory sentencing enhancements for repeat offenders.
In addition, dry reckless convictions don't affect professional and commercial licenses in the same way DUI convictions do. They will not jeopardize your career or personal relationships like a DUI conviction can.
Sal was arrested for DUI in Oakland. His BAC was 0.08% and he was facing automatic driver's license suspension and DUI conviction. His Oakland reckless driving attorney was able to argue that his BAC was not drawn until nearly 2 hours after his arrest and since this was Sal's first offense, he was able to have his DUI charge reduced to a dry reckless charge.
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If you are facing reckless driving charges in Oakland, it is important to understand how these serious charges could affect your driving record, your insurance, and your future. We proudly help clients in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Concord, and the surrounding areas!
"Understands and Has Great Communication"He worked hard and diligently while going the extra mile. He was patient and caring during my ordeal and even followed up and checked on me afterwards.- Adarice
"I recommend Nabiel over the rest!"Mr Ahmed is a very knowledgeable attorney. He went above and beyond to help me with my case. He also gave me sound advice and went over my options.- Marshall
"Huge Help to Me and My Family"Nabiel was able to negotiate a great plea and avoid serious charges. This was especially important since we were looking at significant charges despite this being a first offense.- Alex G.
"Better Than Expected Result"Mr. Ahmed did his thing to make sure I did not spend one day in jail! His ability to explain everything along the way really helped through this stressful episode.- Francisco C.