Reckless Driving Defense Attorney
Serving Clients in Lake County and Porter County, Indiana for 15 Years
Reckless driving charges are treated as traffic offense charges, but these are more than simple traffic citations or speeding tickets. If convicted, you can face hefty penalties. Julie Glade is a Lake County criminal defense attorney, defending Merrillville motorists who are facing license suspensions, jail time and other penalties as a result of reckless driving.
What Is Reckless Driving?
Traffic tickets and traffic-related offenses constitute a major percentage of the criminal cases that are filed in Porter County every year. The reason for that is not so hard to understand. After all, Hoosiers drive very frequently, not just for work, but also leisure.
Sometimes, driving practices that you don’t really believe could be dangerous or could endanger your life or the lives or property of others, could fall under the category of traffic offenses. For instance, you could be driving a few miles above the posted speed limit on a fairly empty Merrillville road with little danger to yourself or others, but you could still be pulled over for reckless driving.
Reckless driving is a broad term that typically does involve speeding. Generally, if you exhibit a number of reckless driving practices, you can be charged with reckless driving. These driving practices can include driving at excessive speeds, passing illegally or rashly on a curve when the vision of oncoming motorists is blocked, swerving in and out of lanes, and refusing to allow another motorist to pass. Ironically, even driving at very low speeds can result in reckless driving charges.
Generally, reckless driving is considered as driving that is considered dangerous or hazardous under the circumstances, with the potential to endanger the safety of the motorist and others. Very often, such driving behavior can result in accidents and injuries to other motorists. If you are facing a reckless driving charge, contact a criminal defense attorney for legal advice and help as soon as possible. The last thing you want is a suspended drivers license that makes it difficult for you to earn a living because you won’t be able to drive a vehicle. But make no mistake–a reckless driving charge could eventually lead to this consequence and many others. A reckless driving charge is not the same as a traffic ticket, and a conviction will stay on your record long after the legal process is over. That’s why it’s imperative you speak with a criminal defense lawyer about your legal options so you can avoid serious penalties associated with a conviction.
Penalties for Reckless Driving
Reckless driving charges are typically filed as Class B misdemeanor charges. Penalties can include up to 180 days in jail, and fines of up to $ 1, 000.
Reckless Driving Consequences
Make no mistake. Reckless driving is not treated as just another simple Merrillville traffic violation, and is considered a major traffic violation. If you accumulate 10 moving violations, with at least one major violation like reckless driving on that list, then the state can declare you a “habitual traffic offender.” There are long-term consequences of such a designation in combination with other traffic violations that you might have committed. If you are a designated habitual traffic violator, and also have at least one major conviction for reckless driving in Porter County, then you could lose your license for up to 5 years.
Hire An Experienced Lake County Reckless Driving Defense Attorney Today
I would be happy to evaluate your case if you give me the opportunity. I value the attorney-client relationship, and treat every client with the utmost respect. Please schedule an appointment by placing a call to my law firm at (219) 736-0456 or by filling out the contact form on this website. From my law office located in Merrillville, I serve clients throughout Lake County and Porter County in Northwest Indiana.