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Reckless Driving


Were you pulled over and charged with the crime of reckless driving in Washington, DC? It’s very possible you didn’t realize you were even breaking the law when you got pulled over for reckless driving. But now, you’re actually facing potential jail time and a license suspension, serious problems that I know you never saw coming.

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The definition of reckless driving under DC law is very broad, so officers and prosecutors have a significant amount of leeway when determining that a reckless driving offense is appropriate. It’s in this interpretation of the law that a defense attorney can dispute, and argue for a dismissal of charges. Essentially, we can often suggest that the officer was mistaken, or overly aggressive in applying these vague statues.

If you’re facing reckless driving charges in the District of Columbia, please contact me today for a consultation on your case, and we’ll discuss exactly how I can help you.

DC Reckless Driving Laws

Under District of Columbia law, you can be charged with the offense of reckless driving if it’s believed you drove carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights and safety of others, or if you drove without due caution and circumspection and in a way to endanger people or property.

The punishment you face for this offense depends on if you’ve been charged with reckless driving previously:

Reckless Driving – First Offense Up to 3 months in jail and $500 in fines
Reckless Driving – Second Offense Up to 1 year in jail and $1,000 in fines
Reckless Driving – Third Offense Up to 1 year in jail and $3,000 in fines

Ref: DC Code §50-2201.04

In addition to these penalties, you could lose your license.

Driver’s License Suspension after Reckless Driving

If your reckless driving results in the injury of another person, there is a mandatory suspension that typically lasts 6 months.

But, it can be suspended even in situations where no injury resulted. For instance, if you have accumulated more than 10 points on your license or if you drive over 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, it is within the discretionary power of the District to suspend your driving privileges.

Once you are notified of a pending suspension, you only have 10 days to challenge the proceedings. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to a occupational license, allowing you to at least drive to and from work. It’s now more than ever that a defense attorney can come in handy.

When you’re up against potential jail time, fines, and a suspension of your driving priveleges, you need to have confidence that someone is looking out for your best interests. I can offer you that advocacy. Contact my offices today for a free consultation on your case and to discuss the options available to you.

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