A reckless driving charge can be handed down for good reason, or it could be added on to other traffic violations in a way that may be unfair to the individual being ticketed. Law enforcement has an ability to use this charge as additional punishment for traffic offenders if they are a danger to other drivers around them. This broadly defined law is very easily abused, requiring many who receive traffic charges to be punished disproportionately.
If you feel as though you have been treated unfairly or simply want to have the best opportunity at fighting and reducing or dismissing this charge, then working with a qualified criminal defense attorney is a logical first step in the process.
Salt Lake City Reckless Driving Attorney
For those dealing with reckless driving charges, it is essential that you are able to articulate your argument as to why this may have been an unnecessarily overreaching charge. This is where a defense lawyer comes in. A capable lawyer will be able to consider all the facts and develop a defense strategy that provides a more accurate and truthful assessment of the situation, consequently leading to a greater possibility that this charge will be reduced or completely dismissed.
Darren Levitt of Levitt Legal, PLLC is a Salt Lake City criminal defense attorney who is well-versed in Utah traffic laws and has the experience necessary to give effective and quality legal advice while framing an argument that helps you fight the charges and move on with your life.
Call (801) 455-1743 or send an online message to schedule a free consultation with Darren to discuss the specifics of your case if you were charged with reckelss driving in or around the Utah cities of Tremonton, Brigham City, West Valley City, West Jordan, Draper, Tooele, Grantsville, Provo, Pleasant Grove, Lehi, Morgan, Logan, Park City,Wellsville, Richmond, Ogden, Park City, Oakley, Bountiful, Farmington, Midway and Charleston, among others.
Reckless Driving under Utah Law
Utah Code §41-6a-528 states that a person is guilty of reckless driving who operates a vehicle:
- In willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property; or
- While committing three or more moving traffic violations, in a series of acts occurring within a single continuous period of driving covering three miles or less in total distance.
Some common moving traffic violations according to Utah Code are:
- Accident involving property damage; injury; death,
- Leaving the scene of an accident,
- Failure to respond to officer's signal to stop,
- Fleeing a peach officer,
- Impaired driving,
- Failure to stop at a stop light or sign, along with many others.
Penalties for Reckless Driving
If you are charged of reckless driving in the Salt Lake City, the Utah Code §41-6a-528 states this charge is to be classified as a Class B Misdemeanor. A Class B Misdemeanor, if convicted, will come with a presumptive sentence of up to six months in jail and / or fines of up to $1,000.
This charge will be added in conjuntion to whatever individual traffic transgressions you may have allegedly committed at the time.
Levitt Legal, PLLC | Salt Lake City Reckless Driving Arrest Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been charged with reckless driving, a capable lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of this process. Darren Levitt has the experience to make certain you are covering all your bases during this important process that that you are positioned to benefit from his counsel.
Call (801) 455-1743 to set up a free consultation if you were charged with reckless driving in the greater Salt Lake City area of Utah, including the counties of Box Elder, Salt Lake, Tooele, Utah, Morgan, Cache, Weber, Summit, Davis and Wasatch.