Did you know that in the State of Arizona if an officer believes someone is driving with careless disregard for the safety of others, that driver can be charged with reckless driving? Reckless driving is detailed under ARS 28-693, and it is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor criminal offense for first time charges and a Class 1 Misdemeanor for a second charge. This can be punishable by jail, probation, fines, community service, suspension of driving privileges and a criminal conviction.
If you received a reckless driving ticket, chances are your ticket is out one of the following courts: Kyrene Justice Court, San Tan Justice Court, San Marcos Justice Court, University Lakes Justice Court or Chandler Municipal Court. If any of these courts are listed, let a Chandler reckless driving lawyer with our firm help you. Our team of experienced attorneys know these courts well and have helped numerous clients navigate their cases.
When a driver is issued a reckless driving case out of Chandler, they are either (1) issued a traffic ticket and released by an officer with a court date in which they are required to appear or (2) they are arrested and booked into jail until they see a judge and released.
The first court appearance in criminal case is an arraignment where the driver appears, is advised by the judge what he/she has been charged with and what the maximum consequences of the offense. The arraignment is also where a driving is asked if they plead guilty or not guilty to the charges. Our Chandler reckless driving attorneys strongly recommend a driver plead not guilty at their arraignment.
So long as the driver pleads not guilty the court will re-set the case for an additional court appearance, called a pre-trial conference. When the driver will appear in court again at this court pre-trial meeting where they will meet with an assigned prosecutor. Since a prosecutor’s main focus is to prosecute the case, we strongly recommend reaching out to one of our well-practiced local attorneys with experience handling reckless driving cases to help you navigate this challenging time. Additionally, in most cases a skilled attorney could meet with the prosecutor on your behalf.
If the case does not get resolved at the pre-trial stage, it then proceeds to trial. In fact, reckless driving is one of the only misdemeanor charges, besides DUI, that is eligible for a jury trial. That means a jury of the driver’s peers would hear and determine if the driver is guilty or not guilty of the this traffic charge.
As you can see, although reckless driving can be issued as part of a normal traffic stop, the potential consequences make it anything but a standard ticket. If you or someone you care about receive a reckless driving charge, call our office to speak to one of our experienced Chandler reckless driving lawyers. We look forward to hearing from you.