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 criminal defense lawyer can build a solid defense against reckless driving charges and negotiate for a reduced charge, such as speeding.
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."
In the State of California, a conviction for reckless driving has serious and far-reaching consequences, including:
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.
If you were simply speeding, your Oakland speeding defense 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.
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 DUI 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 DUI defense 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.
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. Call our East Bay defense firm at (510) 907-6600 to discuss how we can help you pursue the best possible outcome.