The California Vehicle Code separates reckless driving into three levels of severity. Cal. Veh. Code § 23103 defines reckless driving as a person who drives on a highway or in a parking lot / structure with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. The punishment for this offense is a jail sentence of 5-90 days, a fine of $145 -$1,000, or both. The offense is more harshly punished, however, if bodily harm was involved.
Cal. Veh. Code § 23104 states that reckless driving resulting in injury is punishable by a jail term of 30 days to 6 months, a fine of $220 to $1,000, or both. If the person is a repeat offender, or if great bodily harm was inflicted, it is either a misdemeanor with a penalty of 30 days to 6 months in jail and / or a fine of $220 to $1,000 or it is a felony punishable by 16 months to 3 years in state prison. The types of injuries that apply are listed in § 23105 and include, but are not limited to, the following:
While every case is different, there are multiple ways in which error can occur on the part of the police officer who pulled you over, the radar device they used and other outside factors. It is important that each aspect of your case be deciphered carefully to determine the legitimacy of the accusations placed against you. The following issues can arise in a reckless driving case and should be examined with careful attention to detail by your Ventura County criminal defense lawyer:
No matter how complicated or simple your reckless driving case may seem, getting in touch with Ridley Defense could be your best option. We highly recommend that you fill out our free case evaluation today so that our qualified legal team can look at the logistics of your case and determine if we can help you.
At Ridley Defense we have provided defense for thousands of cases over the past 13 years. If you have been arrested for reckless driving, we may be able to help. In order for you to be convicted, it must be proven that you were willfully driving with a disregard for the safety of your passengers and anyone around you. It may be that you were not driving recklessly but were wrongfully accused of doing so. A Ventura criminal defense lawyer from our firm could investigate your case and help you obtain all necessary evidence and statements so that you and your attorney can build and present a strong defense on your behalf.
Founding Attorney Douglas H. Ridley is a seasoned criminal defense lawyer who has been honored for his ethics and reputation by the Moorpark Chamber of Commerce which awarded him their 2006 Business Person of the Year Award. As a former deputy district attorney, he also has a valuable working knowledge of your opponent’s tactics and could skillfully handle your case. Learn more today through a free consultation by completing our online evaluation form or by calling our offices to schedule an appointment. The sooner you contact us, the better we can build your case!
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