Charged With Reckless Driving: Now What?

When it comes to moving violations, reckless driving is one of the most serious traffic-related charges you can face. The specific definition of reckless driving can vary a little from one state to the next, but in general, reckless driving refers to a situation where a driver disregards the rules of the road, putting themselves and others at serious risk as a result.

If you've recently been pulled over and charged with reckless driving, you may be wondering what to do next.

Know the Potential Consequences

Start by understanding the potential consequences you could face if you are convicted of a reckless driving charge. Specific punishments for reckless driving can vary from one state to the next, but in most states, you could actually end up serving jail time for a reckless driving conviction. There are also major fines and penalties often associated with reckless driving, so it's not something to take lightly. A reckless driving conviction is much more serious than a speeding ticket.

Consider a Plea

Unless this is not your first offense, there is a chance that you will be offered a plea deal before your court date (though you should not count on this being the case). Often, the plea will include some sort of reduced sentence on your part in exchange for you attending some sort of driver safety course or community service. Depending on the reduced sentence being offered, you'll probably want to accept a plea unless you are convinced that you were wrongly charged with reckless driving to begin with.

Consult With an Attorney

If you want to fight your reckless driving charge or need assistance in working out a plea deal, you'll definitely want to work with an attorney. Specifically, consulting with an attorney who specializes in reckless driving charges is a must. He or she will be able to review the details of your case, including your previous record, and provide you with valuable guidance and legal advice moving forward. If you plan on fighting your charge at all, you will want to have legal representation; you don't want to go to court alone because it will be the officer's word against yours.

Being charged with reckless driving is serious and can have a major impact on your life, so you'll want to do everything you can to achieve a reduced sentence or dropped charges. By following these tips, you can have the best chances at an outcome that works for you. For more information, contact a law office like Tolbert & Tolbert, LLP.