Reckless Driving Lawyer, Criminal Defense Attorney
Reckless driving charges can lead to many serious consequences, such as time in jail, large fines, a substantial increase in your insurance premiums and license suspension. When the stakes are high, don’t trust your freedom to an inexperienced criminal defense lawyer. Instead, turn to the reckless driving lawyers at Leon J. Mezzetti, Jr., P.C..
If you have been charged with reckless driving, talk to an attorney before you talk to anyone else. Do not say anything to the police, no matter what they promise you. While it may seem that you can get out of your charges by giving the police information, you could actually make things worse. Don't risk it. Protect yourself. The first and only phone call (or e-mail or text) you should make right now is to contact us for a free consultation.
Leon J. Mezzetti, Jr., is a former Alameda County deputy district attorney with more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer. He is an aggressive, yet reliable, attorney who is well-known in the California court system. Together with our other lawyers, private investigator and staff members, he handles reckless driving cases involving:
- Speeding while driving recklessly
- Drag racing
- Wet Reckless (driving under the influence of alcohol)
- Juvenile reckless driving violations, including defending juveniles accused of drinking and driving
- Commercial traffic violations, including defending truck drivers charged as negligent operators
- Reckless driving causing Bodily Injury
How is "Reckless Driving" Defined?
Under California Vehicle Code 23103, a person is guilty of "reckless driving" when he or she drives in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of people or property. The question will be whether a "reasonable" person in your situation should have known that the way you were driving was dangerous. Reckless driving is a "discretionary arrest" and a misdemeanor. This means an officer may arrest you and take you to jail, or he or she may simply issue a citation. Those who are convicted of reckless driving can be sentenced to imprisonment in county jail for between 5 and 90 days or a fine of between $145-$1,000, or both jail time and a fine. Often, misdemeanor reckless driving is a reduced charge to which someone otherwise eligible for DUI charges pleads guilty in exchange for lesser penalties.
A Powerful Defense Against Reckless Driving Charges
Reckless driving can be charged anytime the police suspect you were driving a car, truck or other vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of a person or property. It is often charged alongside other criminal charges and can be rather subjective.
There are many defenses to reckless driving charges, such as claiming that you were not driving the vehicle or that you drove a certain way out of necessity/emergency. Our law firm will investigate the charges against you and bring any defenses available to you.
Contact Our Law Firm Now
For a free confidential consultation, and for further information regarding how an ex-prosecutor and East Bay dangerous driving defense attorney can help you, contact us, call us at 877-791-1836 or 510-791-1836, or visit us in Fremont, San Jose, Stockton, or Pleasanton. We represent clients throughout Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Santa Clara County and San Joaquin County.
For further reading: Reckless Driving in CA Explained