Reckless Driving – California Vehicle Code 23103

A reckless driving charge carries with it much more than a traffic violation. Reckless driving is defined as driving “in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property”. This charge can be given as a result of driving on public or private roadways or in public or private parking facilities.

This is treated as a criminal charge and can carry with it fines, points added to you driving record, a misdemeanor charge and jail time. California treats a reckless driving charge very seriously and can have more severe penalties if any bodily injury is caused due to an accident.

Defenses to Reckless Driving in Los Angeles

If you are facing a reckless driving charge you will want to contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who understands your rights and options. You could be facing 5 to 90 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, along with points on your driving record.

Our lawyers know that speeding itself does not carry with it a reason for a reckless driving charge and have successfully defended against such charges. A skilled criminal defense attorney can raise several defenses on your behalf. Some of these defenses might include:

  • You were not driving the vehicle
  • You didn’t intentionally drive in a reckless manner
  • You didn’t act with a wanton disregard for the safety of others
  • Your driving was due to an emergency matter

Under California Vehicle Code 23103.5, the prosecution could accept a plea agreement of reckless driving under VC 23103 rather than a violation of California’s DUI law, with a notation on the record that alcohol or drug use could have been involved.

This is commonly known as a “wet reckless” plea bargain. If you have been charged with a DUI, our experienced criminal defense lawyers might be able to get your charges reduced to a wet reckless. This means you would face less serious penalties than a DUI conviction.

Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys

Reckless driving can cause a great deal of worry and strife due to facing a criminal charge or the risk of having your insurance premiums raised or policy canceled. The risks to your future can be long lasting, including loss of a job and inability to qualify for certain positions. At Cron, Israel & Stark, our lawyers have 100 years of combined experience working on cases just like yours and know what we need to do to help get you the best possible outcome. Contact our office today for an immediate consultation with a lawyer.