Talk to a Utah Reckless Driving Attorney
Traffic Crimes Defense
It is easy to be charged with reckless driving in Utah, and you best get a Utah reckless driving attorney on your side. There are a couple of different reasons why a law enforcement officer can charge you with reckless driving. First, if you are driving in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. Highway Patrol troopers, police officers, and deputy sheriffs can say that just about any type of driving is in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others. Speeding, changing lanes quickly, etc. can all be facts on which a law enforcement officer concludes that you were driving recklessly.
Second, you can be charged with reckless driving for committing three or more moving traffic violation in a series of acts occurring within a single continuous period of driving covering three miles or less in total distance. In English, this means that all you have to do is commit three traffic offenses over the course of three miles. If you are speeding that is one; if you change lanes without leaving your blinker on for at least two seconds that’s two; if you are following too close to the car in front of you that’s three. The foregoing actions are committed by nearly everyone who drives everyday, so you can see how easy it is to be charged and why you would need a Utah reckless driving attorney.
Driver’s License Consequences
If you are convicted of reckless driving you will have a significant amount of points added to your driving record. One conviction is not enough to get your license suspended but, but if you have points from other traffic offenses the reckless driving conviction could be enough to put you over the top and lose your license.
Reckless driving is a class B misdemeanor and carries with it a maximum penalty of six months in jail, a $1000 fine, surcharges, and other possible penalties including community service, defensive driving courses, etc.
Reckless driving is a crime for which you must get protected. A Utah reckless driving attorney will help you and protect you every step of the way. Never go to court alone. Call our law firm to get started. 801.413.1753.