Reckless driving is a misdemeanor criminal charge, and you can be arrested and taken into custody. The punishments for a first offense reckless driving charge can include a fine of up to five hundred (500) dollars and up to six (6) months in jail. A subsequent arrest for reckless driving can be charged as a felony and carry a sentence of over one (1) year in jail and a fine up to one thousand (1,000) dollars.
Because the potential penalties are severe, it is important to obtain a skilled RI Reckless Driving Lawyer as soon as possible to obtain the best results under the particular facts and law of your case. Your attorney's knowledge of defenses, sentencing guidelines, and alternative sentencing options will be vital to obtaining the best outcome under the law and facts of your case.
Can I Fight (and Win) A
Reckless Driving Case?
Yes, you can. As a RI Reckless Driving Lawyer we see a lot of these charges, and there are almost always good defense strategies that can get charges reduced, dismissed, or work out a reasonable arrangement.
If you made a mistake, were talking on the cell phone, adjusting the radio or GPS map, drinking a cup of coffee or eating and momentarily lost control of you car, you could easily end up charged with Reckless Driving. If this is the case, you shouldn't be facing a criminal punishment and deserve a second chance.
You can be charged with reckless by driving in a way that the police officer decides is reckless or endangers the lives of others on the road, but these factors are not explicitly defined or stated under Rhode Island law, so the charge is very subjective.
RI Reckless Driving Lawyer Matthew T. Marin can help you by:
1. Advising you and keeping you updated at all times on the status of your case
2. Arguing for lower bail or personal recognizance
3. Investigating your case and gathering evidence supporting your defenses
4. Making court motions. These will include a Motion for Discovery so that we can obtain all the evidence the police have against you. These can also include a Motion to Suppress the evidence, which if successful can result in your case being dismissed.
5. Evaluating all legal defenses available. Depending on the facts, these can include mistakes and inaccuracies by the arresting officer, evidence that you were not driving, improper stop and arrest, and other defenses.
6. Seeking Reduction of the Charges.
7. Representing You at Trial or Plea Bargain
8. Seeking alternative sentencing, or the lowest sentence available. Alternative sentences (available in some cases) can include drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs, community service, and other sentences
Call for a consultation on your case today; we are here to help. We can offer defense suggestions, and let you know what we can do to beat the case, and keep your record clean. To discuss your criminal charges with an aggressive RI Reckless Driving Lawyer, call 401-228-8271 or email at [email protected].
Rhode Island Reckless Driving Law
§ 31-27-4 Reckless driving and other offenses against public safety. – Any person who operates a motor vehicle recklessly so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered, or operates a vehicle in an attempt to elude or flee from a traffic officer or police vehicle, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor for the first conviction and a felony for the second and each subsequent conviction.
Reckless Driving Penalties
First Offense - a first offense reckless driving charge is a misdemeanor carrying with it a sentence of up to six (6) months in jail and up to a five hundred (500) dollar fine.
Subsequent Offense - a subsequent reckless driving charge can be charged as a felony carrying with it a sentence of over one (1) year in jail and up to a one thousand (1,000) dollar fine.