Arizona law states that “a person who drives a vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.”
Reckless driving is a Class 2 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to four months in jail and a fine of $750.
However, if a person is convicted of reckless driving after a conviction for reckless driving, manslaughter, vehicular homicide, racing on highways or a DUI within the past 24 months, the person is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor and will serve at least 20 days in jail. Further, the person’s driver’s license will be revoked for at least one year.
Reckless driving is often added to other citations such as criminal speeding or DUI. The prosecutor may argue that by driving with alcohol in your system, you are driving with a reckless disregard for the safety of other people or property. A conviction for multiple offenses could result in severe consequences to your driver’s license.
Reckless driving, like DUI, results in eight points on your driving record. If you accumulate more than 12 points in one year, you face a license suspension of at least three months and up to one year. An experienced attorney can help you avoid possible suspensions due to points on your record.
Due to the steep penalties associated with a reckless driving conviction in Arizona, it is imperative that you have a skilled attorney on your side.
Lane, Hupp, & Crowley, PLC, will aggressively defend your rights. With almost 40 years of combined experience, our lawyers represent individuals facing criminal charges across Arizona.
The main defense to reckless driving is that your driving did not endanger anyone or anything around you. Expert testimony can potentially show this. Other potential defenses include lack of reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle, lack of probable cause to arrest a person, Miranda violations and other constitutional arguments
We understand reckless driving charges. You need a skilled, knowledgeable attorney on your side. We will work to investigate every possible defense so that you have the best chance of a dismissal of charges. We will also work with you on a payment plan so that our services remain affordable.
Schedule your consultation at our Phoenix office. Call (480) 562-3482 or contact us online.
If you have been charged with a DUI, drug charge, sex crime or any serious criminal offense, let an experienced defense team fight for you. Schedule a consultation with one of our partners today. Call (480) 562-3482 or send an email.