Defending Drivers Accused Of Reckless Driving
Reckless driving is a serious traffic offense that generally alleges that a motorist has intentionally and deliberately operated a vehicle in a manner that disregards the safety and/or property of others.
Although reckless driving charges are usually filed against people who have operated passenger and commercial vehicles, motorists can also get these charges for allegedly operating bicycles or even scooters in dangerous manners.
Regardless of how reckless driving charges were incurred, those who face these charges — even for the first time — could be confronting the possibility of jail time and the loss of their driving privileges. That is why it is crucial to have an experienced defense lawyer — like Denver traffic lawyer James L. Finegan — on your side if you have been accused of reckless driving.
Attorney James L. Finegan is skilled at defending people against reckless driving charges, and he will work diligently to protect the freedom and driving privileges of the accused.
Colorado Reckless Driving Charges And Penalties
As a more serious offense than careless driving, reckless driving in Colorado is an eight-point traffic offense that will also result in drivers receiving a “habitual offender” strike on their records.
It should be noted that accumulating 12 points within 12 months or 18 points within two years will result in a driver’s license suspension. In the event a driver accumulates three major traffic offenses like reckless driving within a seven-year span, that individual could lose his license for five years.
According to Colorado law (Section 42-4-1401, C.R.S.):
- First-time reckless driving charges are typically class 2 misdemeanors that can be punishable by as much as one year in county jail, along with expensive fines.
- Second-time reckless driving charges can be punishable by the minimum mandatory penalties, which are at least 10 days in jail and between $50 and $1,000 in fines.
Should reckless driving result in an accident and serious bodily injury to someone, these charges can be filed as a class 5 felony and can be punishable by up to three years in prison, as well as hefty fines and other penalties.
Reckless Driving Charges And Cases: More Important Info For The Accused
- In some cases, drivers who are not paying attention and are going over the speed limit by 25 mph or more could be charged with reckless driving.
- A reckless driving conviction can result in job loss and/or the loss of future job opportunities, particularly for those who need to drive as part of their occupation.
- With the help of an experienced lawyer like James L. Finegan, the accused may be able to get a reckless driving charge dismissed or, if that is not possible, minimize the potential penalties resulting from the case.
Get Your Defense Started Now: Contact Denver Traffic And Criminal Defense Lawyer James L. Finegan
If you have been charged with reckless driving or any traffic offense, Denver traffic and criminal defense lawyer James L. Finegan is here for you, ready to craft you the strongest possible defense. Known for fighting for his clients’ rights and interests in any legal setting, Mr. Finegan is dedicated to providing each of his clients with the highest quality defense representation so they can obtain the best possible outcomes to their cases.
To learn more about your defense options and how attorney James L. Finegan can help you, attend a free, no-obligation case evaluation with him. Schedule this meeting now by calling 303-586-2961 or toll-free at 877-834-4609. You can also send an email via the contact form on this page.