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A Reckless Driving conviction can ruin your life. It carries possible jail time, and a mandatory license suspension. The Attorneys at Durflinger Oliver have over 50 years of combined experience handling such court cases as both prosecutors and defense attorneys.
The firm service Pierce County, King County, Thurston County, and Kitsap County, as well as the Federal Court for Western Washington in Tacoma. Our attorneys are dedicated to protecting you and fighting to get you the best possible result.
Under RCW 46.61.500 Reckless Driving is defined as driving a vehicle in "willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property". This disregard for safety can apply to your personal safety as well. The guy in the picture on the motorcycle would be charged with Reckless Driving all day long.
Reckless Driving is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a fine of $5,000. It's pretty common for cops to arrest people they believe have broken the Reckless Driving law. Most people arrested for Reckless Driving bail out, or are quickly released from jail. A few, however, are held until they can be arraigned in court. Those who are convicted of reckless driving can expect hefty fines, increased insurance, and the requirement to carry SR22 "high risk" insurance.
Most of the Reckless Driving cases we fight stem from alleged racing. As anyone charged with Reckless Driving Racing can tell you, you don't actually need to have been racing. Law Enforcement Officers routinely pull over two or more drivers who are merely going fast at the same time, and same place. To these officers, if two people are driving fast together, they are racing each other. That might be an absurd conculsion, but it happens every day.
Many others are charged with Reckless Driving simply for going too fast. Pierce County Sheriff's Deputies, Tacoma Police, and Washington State Patrol Troopers routinely charge drivers with Reckless Driving merely for driving 20mph over the speed limit. Fortunately, without evidence of danger to others, merely driving too fast is not enough to support a charge of Reckless Driving.
Many DUI cases resolve with pleas to Reckless Driving. Many times that is a fantastic result. There may, or may not, be any additional license suspension, but there will be an Ignition Interlock Device requirement. Of course, even though the DUI was reduced to Reckless Driving, it still counts as a DUI if you get convicted with another DUI within seven years.
If you've been arrested or charged with Reckless Driving, call the experienced traffic defense attorneys at Durflinger Oliver for a free consultation, (253)683-4180.