Reckless Driving or Racing Charges
Reckless Driving or Racing charges carry significant penalties that most people are not aware of. If you have been arrested for Reckless Driving, the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were driving with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” RCW 46.61.500. Reckless Driving or racing charges are gross misdemeanors punishable up to a maximum 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. A conviction also will result in:
- Suspension or revocation of your driver’s license for 30 days,
- A requirement of SR-22 Insurance for three (3) years. SR-22 Insurance is known as high-risk insurance and is generally much more expensive than your current insurance.
- Immigration consequences: Because the elements of Reckless Driving are to drive with “willful or wanton disregard for safety of persons and property,” this crime is considered a crime of moral turpitude for immigration purposes. If you are not a citizen of the United States and have a conviction for Reckless Driving, it may be grounds for deportation, exclusion from the United States, or denial of naturalization. Also, having a Reckless Driving conviction may affect your ability to travel into or out of Canada.
- Other consequences: You may be subject to other consequences, particularly if you are already on probation for another criminal matter.
For these reasons, it is very important to have an experienced and aggressive attorney on your side. Ms. Odama has successfully litigated hundreds of Reckless Driving and Racing charges and is very familiar with the various defenses that are available. For example, it can be difficult for a prosecutor to prove that one drove in a “willful or wanton disregard” manner or that your driving presented as a safety issue for others. Don’t let your case fall into the hands of an inexperienced attorney. Call Ms. Odama for a free consultation.