Reckless Driving Outcomes
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We have helped many people who are in a similar situation to you fight their charges.
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While we cannot guarantee how your reckless driving case will be resolved, we can advise you about what we have seen in our other reckless driving and racing cases and what the potential outcomes may be reasonable for you.
Most reckless driving charges are resolved prior to trial. Here are some of the ways that they are resolved.
Dismissal of Reckless Driving Charges:
This is sometimes a possibility. We have found that when these cases are dismissed, prior to them being dismissed the prosecutor may require a defense driving class. This is typically a one or two day class. Sometimes prosecutors will offer what is called a "stipulated order of continuance" or "pre-trial" diversion whereby your case is continued for a period of time (1-2 years) and then dismissed if there have been no new criminal law violations, a fine is paid (usually under $500) and other minimum standards are met. This can be an excellent resolution for most people.
Amendment To Infraction:
In some cases where the prosecutor is not willing to outright dismiss a case, they will agree to amend the case to a civil traffic infraction. These infractions are not-criminal, so they keep your criminal record clean. The most common infraction that they are amended to is negligent driving in the second degree.
Pleading Guilty As Charged:
While you have the right to do this, it is the rare case where we suggest that our clients plead guilty to reckless driving or racing charge. Most often it is to the your benefit to set the case for trial when the prosecutor is not willing to reduce or dismiss the charges.
You always have a right to a judge or jury trial for a reckless driving charge. If it is a jury trial you will be heard by six members of the community. They will decided if you are "guilty" or "not guilty" of reckless driving. As we said above, most reckless driving charges are resolved prior to a jury trial, but we have gone to jury trials in these matters and are prepared to do to so again in the future. Our philosophy is that if the prosecutor is not willing to negotiate, then you are typically better going to trial and seeking a not guilty verdict than pleading guilty.