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, your ticket is out of 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 experienced attorneys know these courts well and have helped numerous clients navigate their cases
Stages of a Chandler Reckless Driving Case
When a driver is issued a reckless driving case out of Chandler, they are either (1) issuing 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 a criminal case is an arraignment where the driver appears is advised by the judge what they have been charged with and the maximum consequences of the offense. The arraignment is also where drivers are 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 primary focus is to prosecute the case, we strongly recommend reaching out to one of our well-practiced
If the case is not resolved at the pre-trial stage, it proceeds to trial. Reckless driving is one of the only misdemeanor charges, besides DUI, 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 this traffic charge.
Speak with a Chandler Reckless Driving Attorney Today
As you can see, although reckless driving can be issued as part of a routine 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.