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Reckless Driving

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.

What are the Defenses?

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. We 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 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.

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. Vehicle Code 14601.4 VC defines the crime of driving on a suspended or revoked license causing injury.

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. .

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