Reckless driving and “racing” charges are two serious traffic violations that carry serious criminal penalties. They are also “crimes” that drivers may not even be aware they have committed. In the case of reckless driving, it may come down to the word and perception of the arresting police officer, more than anything else.
Huntsville, Alabama Traffic Violations Attorney
A skillful, comprehensive defense strategy may be the key to protecting your drivers' license and your liberty. If you've been ticketed for racing, drag racing, or driving recklessly on a highway or roadway in North Alabama, take immediate action to protect your rights.
What is Racing?
Alabama traffic statutes define racing as “the use of one or more motor vehicles in an attempt to … outdistance another motor vehicle, to prevent another motor vehicle from passing, to arrive at a given destination ahead of another motor vehicle….”
Sometimes drivers get charged with racing or drag racing and they are unaware that they were racing. It was the perception of the police officer that they were starting too fast or squealing tires. In the state of Alabama, a conviction of racing will result in a six month loss of your driving privileges.
What is Reckless Driving?
Alabama traffic statutes define reckless driving as driving a vehicle in a manner that exhibits “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Again, this is often defined by the perception of the police officer.
Racing and Reckless Driving Penalties
When you get points against your driving record for a reckless driving charge or racing ticket, it can quickly become a threat to your drivers' license. Penalties can include:
- Impounding your vehicle
- Fines and court costs ($500 for a first offense)
- License suspension or revocation, in some cases mandatory driver's license suspension
- Skyrocketing insurance rates or cancellation of your insurance altogether
- Driving school
- Possible jail time
- INCREASED MANDATORY minimum penalties for a second or subsequent reckless driving charge
Fight Traffic Tickets Whenever You Can
At the law firm of Brian D. Clark, P.C., our goal is to prevent points from going on your driving record in the first place, and to prevent your license from being suspended or revoked. We defend against all traffic infraction charges. If there are any questionable circumstances surrounding the ticket or the traffic stop, we investigate. If the ticketing officer cannot prove the infraction beyond a reasonable doubt, you may get the charges dismissed.
Attorney Brian Clark has over 20 years of criminal law experience defending both juveniles and adults charged with reckless driving, careless driving, racing, and even vehicular homicide. He understands the seriousness of the charge and defense strategies that can get you results.