Many of us probably assume that reckless driving should be an ongoing crime that can be doled out on a daily basis to the drivers throughout Houston. However, Texas has a very specific definition for what constitutes “reckless driving” and the resulting penalties that can stem from this arrest and conviction. If you have been arrested on accusations of reckless driving, do not hesitate to contact an experienced Houston reckless driving lawyer from criminal defense law firm Freedom Law Group as soon as possible.
The Texas Transportation Code defines reckless driving as an offense where a person drives a vehicle in “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Reckless driving not only occurs on the highways of the state, but also in private property or parking areas, including private residential garages. This broad definition may include speeding or running red lights. However, a criminal charge of reckless driving typically means that your actions led to the injury or perceived injury to others on the road.
If the arresting officer believed that you committed the offense of reckless driving, you can be arrested on the scene of an accident without further qualification. It is therefore important to hire a Houston reckless driving lawyer as soon as you are able so that your attorney can track down all witnesses to the accident and ensure the proper facts are presented to the court.
Reckless driving charges often result in a misdemeanor punishable by:
This punishment alone can have a drastic impact on your daily life since you do face up to 30 days of confinement. However, this punishment may be further heightened if the reckless driving charge is simply a subset of a greater charge, such as aggravated assault (with the motor vehicle as a deadly weapon), or driving while intoxicated.
While reckless driving appears to be as small as a traffic violation, it is important to keep in mind that this is a criminal offense, and is punishable as such. The smallest infraction could have an impact on later arrests, leading to felony charges. Felony convictions will have a long-lasting impact on your ability to hold gainful employment or even to retain custody of your children. It is important to contact the experienced Houston reckless driving lawyers from Freedom Law Group as soon as you are able to after your arrest in order to carefully analyze the facts and circumstances of your case.
If you have been arrested on charges of reckless driving, do not hesitate to contact Freedom Law Group. Mary E. Conn in an experience Houston reckless driving lawyer. Reckless driving charges can be difficult for the state to prove and therefore a thorough defense which presents the facts and circumstances of the incident plays a pivotal role in the case. These facts may lead to your conviction or release, and it is therefore important to speak to Mary E. Conn regarding the details of your unique case. Contact us at our Houston, Texas office today on (713) 357-4190 for your initial free consultation.