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What To Do If You Have Been Charged With Reckless Driving

You may have been driving and had been pulled over by the police who thought you were driving recklessly. It's possible an accident occurred or perhaps a pedestrian was injured due to how you were driving. Reckless driving can be a serious charge in many states, and it can carry serious fines and jail time. 

What should you do if you have been charged with reckless driving? Your first step is contacting a reckless driving attorney who specializes in these types of charges. Here are some tips on what to do if you have been charged.

Don't Admit Guilt Or Talk To Police Without Your Attorney Present

It might be something you feel you need to do when you are pulled over or arrested by police for reckless driving. You want to explain yourself and hopefully, they will believe what you tell them. This can be a mistake, and one to avoid if possible. Don't admit guilt to speeding or that you caused an accident or injury in any way. This can be used against you in court.

In fact, if possible, don't speak to the police without your reckless driving attorney present. They can inform you on what to say and which questions you can answer and which to avoid. They have your best interests in mind and can help you get the facts out without hurting your case.

Learn About The Charges You Are Facing

Your reckless driving attorney will help you handle the legal aspects of your case such as gathering evidence like dashcam footage, witness statements, your statement of what happened, and the potential victim's statement too. They will sit down with you and present all the evidence they have, as well as how the prosecutors are building their case.

It's important to learn about the charges you are facing and what evidence the courts can use against you. You should learn how it will affect your case and what your lawyer is doing to prove your innocence. 

Follow Your Attorney's Advice

You might want to plead guilty or take a plea deal in your case if you think you can get a lower fine or you can avoid jail time. This could be a mistake in the long run. It's possible that even if you avoid jail time after taking a plea deal, your life will still be affected due to a conviction on your record. This could affect your ability to make a living due to a license suspension, your insurance rates can go up, it can affect your ability to get a job or travel, and more.

Instead, follow your reckless driving attorney's advice. They may ultimately tell you to accept a plea deal if they believe it's your best avenue, or they may believe you have a strong case to be found innocent or even have the charges lowered. 

For more information, contact a local professional, like Jerry O. Talton Attorney At Law.