Reckless driving refers to driving with a willful or wanton disregard for safety. It is the operation of an automobile under such circumstances and in such a manner as to show a wilful or reckless disregard of consequences. In such cases the driver displays a wanton disregard for the rules of the road; often misjudges common driving procedures and causes accidents and other damages. It is usually a more serious offense than careless driving, improper driving, or driving without due care and attention and is often punishable by fines, imprisonment, and/or driver's license suspension or revocation. As a general rule something more than mere negligence in the operation of an automobile is necessary to constitute the offense.
Texas traffic laws dictate that certain acts automatically qualify as "reckless driving", including:
- Driving 25 miles per hour (or more) over the posted speed limit
- Racing another vehicle
- Trying to elude a police officer
- On a two-lane highway, passing another vehicle when visibility of oncoming traffic is limited.
Austin Reckless Driving Defense: The Charles Johnson Law Firm
Reckless driving is actually a very serious charge. If you are convicted, you may lose your driver's license and pay steep fines. If there was an accident involved, the penalty is increased. If there was an injury, once again you face a higher penalty. If a fatality occurred and it is determined that your reckless driving caused the accident, you can face a long sentence in state prison. If you have been arrested and charged with this offense, it is important to fight by enlisting the assistance of a Austin reckless driving defense lawyer. At the Charles Johnson Law Firm, a criminal defense lawyer who is extremely familiar with defending such charges will immediately review your case and advise you of the best options for your defense.