Grand Junction Reckless Driving Lawyers
If you are facing a charge of reckless driving, you have some challenging days ahead. In Colorado, reckless driving is a Class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense that could lead to 90 days in jail and fines up to $300. If this is a second or third offense, the penalties can include up to six months in jail and a fine as high as $1,000, along with 8 points on your license. Don’t wait. Call Peters & Nolan, LLC, as soon as possible to fight the charge: (970) 243-4357.
You can be charged with reckless driving if you were operating your vehicle with a “wanton and reckless disregard for the safety of others.” To be convicted of this offense, it must be established that you were aware that your conduct was dangerous and put others at risk. Reckless driving charges can be related to any self-propelled vehicle designed primarily for use on public highways, including:
- Cars, pickups, or SUVs
- Bicycles with electric assist
- Low-power scooters
Careless driving is a lesser traffic offense, committed when a driver operates a vehicle unsafely, but not with a “wanton disregard for the safety of others.” Careless driving is when a driver acts in a manner that is imprudent, without regard for road conditions, including road width, grade, curves, corners, weather conditions, or traffic conditions. You can face a careless driving charge if you travel over the speed limit, drive erratically, or go too fast for the weather conditions.
Reckless driving charges come about when a police officer believes you have engaged in any of the following types of driving conduct:
- Driving aggressively at high speeds
- Driving at high speeds in a residential area
- Street racing
- Police chases
Reckless driving is a habitual traffic offender strike. If you face a second or third charge for reckless driving, you could be facing severe legal consequences, including up to 18 months in jail, and license revocation for five years.
Wet reckless is not a traffic offense. It is a plea bargain strategy that may help people charged with DUI. This plea will require you to plead guilty to reckless driving, rather than DUI. Essentially, you are exchanging a DUI charge for a reckless driving charge, which carries lesser penalties. You will be required to prove that you attended alcohol education classes, and deal with the repercussions of the reckless driving charge, which are usually far better than living with the consequences of a DUI conviction.
The advantage of accepting this plea is that your record will not reflect an alcohol-related offense, although it will reveal the reckless driving offense. When you’re seeking employment, DUI convictions can reduce your chances of being hired.
Not everyone charged with DUI or DWAI will have the option of accepting a “wet reckless” plea. Your case will have to be evaluated by a DUI defense lawyer, but generally, this plea is possible if you are facing a first-time DUI charge.
In some cases, a driver may be facing several charges in conjunction with a reckless driving offense. The prosecutor may charge you with both reckless driving and careless driving in the hopes of convicting you of one or the other. If you drove to elude the police, you may be charged with eluding the police, along with reckless driving. If another party was injured in an accident, you face charges of vehicular assault as well.
Our legal team at Peters & Nolan, LLC, has deep experience defending against DUI and reckless driving charges, as well as more serious offenses such as vehicular manslaughter. We can quickly determine if a charge could be reduced to “wet reckless” or careless driving. Our trial lawyers have a reputation for excellence.
The partners at our firm are well-known in the legal community and include a former Mesa County prosecutor. We take on a limited number of clients so we can devote ourselves to their cases. To find out more, call us at (970) 243-4357 for a free initial consultation. The sooner we get involved, the more options exist, so contact us without delay.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.