The state of Alabama takes traffic offenses very seriously. This is especially true in regards to offenses that put the safety of others at risk, such as reckless driving. With penalties that range from having your driver's license suspended, to serving time behind bars, it is important to take a serious and proactive approach to your case from the moment you are arrested, by consulting with an experienced traffic crimes defense attorney.
In order for an individual to be convicted of reckless driving, the prosecution has to be able to prove that the defendant put others safety at risk, was aware of the risk he put others in, and that he intentionally disregarded that risk. If your attorney is able to raise doubts about any of these elements, it could lead to the dismissal of your charges.
Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer in Huntsville, Alabama
If you have been charged with driving carelessly in or around Madison, Harvest, Decatur, Athens, Grant, Douglas, Boaz, Ardmore, or Gurley, contact Law Offices Of Segal & Segal. Andrew Segal is a dedicated defense attorney and former prosecutor who will work around the clock to protect your future.
Call Law Offices Of Segal & Segal today at (256) 533-4529 to set up a free consultation on your reckless driving case. During your free consultation, you will learn more about the charges you face and your defense options. Contact our firm today.
Overview on Alabama Reckless Driving Laws
- What Does Alabama Consider “Reckless” Driving?
- Penalties for Reckless Driving Convictions in Alabama
- Working with a Quality Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer
Ala. Code § 32-5A-190 states that an individual who drives a vehicle carelessly in willful disregard for the safety of other people or property, or at a speed or manner that endangers others, is guilty of reckless driving. Some examples of reckless driving include:
- Ignoring safety laws
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Weaving through traffic
- Ignoring the posted speed limit
- Swerving from lane to lane
- Running red lights
- Continuously switching lanes without using turning signals
- Failing to stop at stop signs
Reckless driving cases are easy to take lightly. Remember that admitting guilt will create or add to your criminal record. Consulting with an experienced traffic attorney can help give you a better understanding of the laws regarding reckless driving, and will give you a better chance of constructing a strong defense.
If convicted of reckless driving for the first time, an individual will be sentenced to a minimum of five days in jail, and a maximum of 90 days, and/or a fine between $25 and $500.
For second or subsequent offenses, individuals face a minimum of 10 days of imprisonment, and a maximum of six months, and/or a $50 to $500 fine. The court may also suspend the driver's license of the offender for up to six months.
If you are facing these charges, you may be feeling confused and stressed. In order to relieve that stress, it would be beneficial to hire a defense attorney who can help you collect your emotions, and start focusing on defending yourself. The attorneys at the Law Offices Of Segal & Segal represent clients who have been charged with reckless driving in Madison County, Jackson County, Limestone County, Marshall County, and Morgan County. Call today at (256) 533-4529 or send an online message to set up a free consultation on your reckless driving charges.