Reckless Driving in California
If you are a licensed driver in California, then you will know of the possible charges against those found driving under the influence (DUI). However, did you know that you can be found guilty of other driving offenses that do not include alcohol/drugs, such as reckless driving? This article will provide a summary of reckless driving, how it occurs, and the associated penalties. If you have any questions about this crime or any other legal matters, please contact us at Law Advocate Group.
Driving Recklessly – The Legal Ramifications
When you are legally permitted to drive in California, the assumption is made that you drive according to the rules and with a regard for the safety of others on the street. Therefore, if someone is found violating the aforementioned, they can be charged with reckless driving. More specifically, reckless driving occurs when a person is driving on a highway or in an off-street parking facility and is intentionally driving with “wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” In California, a highway is defined as any public street intended for driving and, similarly, the parking facility must also be public. How does a person drive with wanton disregard? California states that this is driving in a manner that poses “substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm.” Moreover, the driver must have been aware of these risks and then ignored them anyway.
Penalties for Driving Recklessly
This charge is often the result of a reduction from a DUI. It does not carry the same penalties as a DUI, either. If the defendant is found guilty of driving recklessly, they face a misdemeanor conviction, which may require spending some time in jail and paying a fine. As mentioned above, this is a crime that occurs without the presence of alcohol or drugs. If a driver is impaired, the charges are increased to the appropriate level. As with all driving offenses, this charge can have negative outcomes and, as such, we highly encourage you to reach out to us. Our experienced lawyers can help with your case and defend your rights.