Reckless driving is one of the most challenging traffic offenses to represent people for. If you do not hire a lawyer to defend your reckless driving charge, it is highly unlikely you will have your charge dismissed. Arizona law provides that a police officer can charge a person for reckless driving if the driver of a motor vehicle operated it in a reckless disregard for the safety of others. Unlike most criminal defense charges, there are no specific elements to reckless driving. This means, if a police officer believes your driving is reckless, they can classify it as being reckless.
Reckless Driving is Criminal Offense
If you have been charged with reckless driving, do not assume this charge is slightly different than a speeding ticket. You are being charged with class 2 misdemeanor. This is significantly different than a civil speeding ticket. A civil speeding ticket is not a criminal offense – it will not show up on a criminal background check. Reckless driving is a criminal offense; it will show up on a background check. If you are convicted of reckless driving, not only will the conviction forever appear on your criminal history, you will incur significant driver’s license consequences. A conviction carries automatic 8 points on driving record. This means, if you had any points on your record prior to receiving your reckless driving charge, you will lose your license.
Attorneys that Fight Reckless Driving Cases
A reckless driving case must be handled by attorneys familiar with the not only the court system, but also with the motor vehicle division. If you hire an attorney who is familiar with the court, but not the MVD, you will not receive sound legal advice and you could incur significant driver’s license consequences. The attorneys at Matthew Lopez Law have devoted countless hours to studying Arizona traffic laws, as well as Arizona MVD policies and procedures. Do not run the risk of being convicted of a crime and losing your driver’s license. Choosing the attorneys at Matthew Lopez Law is the first step you must take after being charged with reckless driving. We will get to work immediately by requesting your police report. We will arrange interviews with the officers involved. Our attorneys are focused on investigating your case in hopes of finding a defense that will result in a dismissal of your reckless driving charge.