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Reckless Driving in Texas – What You May be Facing

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Speeding tickets are always frustrating to deal with.  You have to pay a fine, and sometimes the ticket stays on your record, raising your insurance rates, and alerting police the next time you are pulled over.  Reckless driving is substantially more burdensome to deal with, as it involves potential penalties beyond a simple fine and points on your driver’s license.

Under Texas law, reckless driving is broadly defined as “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.”  This charge applies to drivers on public roads, parking lots, garages, and other areas that are open to public traffic.  With such an open definition, a variety of conduct could fit into what Texas considers to be reckless driving, and this makes it difficult to distinguish between minor and serious episodes of reckless driving.

For example, on the minor end of reckless driving, perhaps you cut a driver off without signaling, or maybe you were driving too close to the person in front of you, creating the risk of a potential car accident.  On the more severe episode of reckless driving, maybe you were driving more than thirty miles over the speed limit and nearly barely missed slamming into a car that pulled out in front of you.  Whatever the conduct may have been, Texas law treats the charge very seriously and considers it a misdemeanor.  This misdemeanor carries a punishment of up to thirty days in jail and a fine of up to $200.

If you have been charged with reckless driving, and you do not believe you are guilty, you can fight the charge and work with your attorney to argue that your conduct does not fit within the definition of reckless driving under Texas law.  However, it is often better to simply negotiate with the prosecutor to find a much quicker result so that you don’t have to be in court multiple times and leave the disposition of your case in the judge’s hands.

Avoiding the Reckless Driving Charge

Because Texas defines reckless driving so broadly, it is important to make sure you are following the state’s driving laws as closely as possible.  If you speed a little bit (such as five to ten miles over the speed limit), you are not likely at risk for a reckless driving charge.  However, if you are in a hurry and turn too quickly in front of another driver according to what a police officer witnesses, that police officer may consider your conduct as being reckless, even if the average person may not agree.  Police discretion is a huge determining factor with a reckless driving charge.  Therefore, to avoid the charge, always signal, don’t follow the car in front of you too closely, don’t excessively speed, and always come to a complete stop.  These small steps will save you hassle in the long run and you won’t be subject to a hefty fine and potential jail time.

Contact Attorney Jack Pettit Today to Discuss Your Reckless Driving Charge

If you have been charged with reckless driving, you need to consult with a Dallas traffic ticket attorney to resolve your matter as early as possible after you have been charged.  Reckless driving is a little more serious than a simple speeding ticket, therefore, it is recommended that you allow an attorney to handle your matter, instead of going before a judge, paying a fine, and being subject to potential jail time.  Attorney Jack Pettit has the experience necessary to handle your reckless driving matter quickly to enable you to put the charge behind you.  Call 214-521-4567 today to meet with Mr. Pettit.  Mr. Pettit offers legal services in both English and Spanish, and also accepts major credit cards.