Reno Reckless Driving Attorney
Put Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyers on Your Side
Law enforcement across Nevada place an emphasis on enforcing traffic laws that keep public roads and highways safe, and state law imposes stiff penalties for those who violate them. Aside from common offenses like speeding or running a red light, Nevada also makes it an offense to drive recklessly.
At Joey Gilbert Law, our Reno criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience protecting the rights and driving privileges of clients charged with a range of traffic offenses and crimes involving motor vehicles, including reckless driving. If you or someone you have has been charged with this misdemeanor crime (which can be elevated to a felony in some cases), a proven lawyer can make all the difference in your defense.
Charged with reckless driving? Call (775) 574-4774 for a FREE consultation.
What is Reckless Driving in Nevada?
Reckless driving (NRS § 484B.653) is a crime defined as operating a motor vehicle with willful or wanton disregard to property or the safety of others. This means a person’s conduct and dangerous driving was intentional, and that they knew such driving would endanger other people or property.
There are a number of driving offenses that constitute reckless driving, including:
- Significant speeding over posted limits
- Running red lights
- Hitting shoulders or roadway medians while driving
- Disregarding law enforcement orders to stop a vehicle
- Reckless driving after a road rage incident
As a misdemeanor, reckless driving poses a number of consequences, including those associated with having a criminal record. It can also result in fines that escalate if a driver has previous convictions, eight points added to one’s driver’s license, and possible terms of imprisonment. Additionally, a conviction can result in employment repercussions and increased auto insurance rates.
In cases where reckless driving leads to accidents that cause significant injury or death, prosecutors may elevate charges to felonies, which carry much more severe penalties – including larger fines and between one to six years in state prison. Penalties can also be enhanced (or doubled) if reckless driving occurred in a construction or work zone, or when drag racing is involved.
Protecting Your Rights & Future
Because reckless driving charges can have a marked impact on one’s financial, personal, and professional well-being – especially in felony cases – it is important to work with defense attorneys who have experience handling criminal matters in the state of Nevada. The law defines reckless driving, but interpretation of the facts and whether or not they constituted the crime (or another traffic offense) is subjective and open to argument.
By evaluating all the facts and circumstances surrounding your charge, including the stop conducted by law enforcement, our defense attorneys work to pursue to the best possible outcome. This may include having charges dismissed, or having charges and penalties reduced. In some cases, reckless driving may also be a reduced charge sought when clients have been accused of DUI.
Discuss Your Case with a Reckless Driving Lawyer in Reno
Joey Gilbert Law is standing by 24/7 to help you better understand the charges and penalties you face after being accused of reckless driving, as well as your rights and what we can do to protect them. To speak personally with a lawyer from our team, call (775) 574-4774 for a FREE and confidential consultation.