I was arrested for reckless driving. Can I get that charge reduced?
Answer: Reckless driving can be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the conditions of the violation and the arrest. That means that a conviction will affect many areas of your life for years, even limiting your opportunities to earn a living or obtain professional licenses. If you are willing to work hard to learn your options and work with a skilled attorney, you may be able to get those charges reduced.
You can receive a reckless driving charge for driving more than twenty miles per hour over the speed limit. That can make it difficult to fight this charge without a solid defense or an attorney that can negotiate well with the prosecutor or the judge.
Since most of the evidence used to prove a reckless driving charge is either subjective or has often been determined to be unreliable under certain conditions, you may want to fight the charge based on challenging the evidence. However, when a reckless driving charge is based on significantly high speeds, it is more difficult to use these defenses.
For many, the best option is to have an experienced attorney who knows how to negotiate with local prosecutors and judges. They can present your previous good driving record, the lack of reliable, objective evidence, and the lack of wanton carelessness to have your charges reduced. They may also be able to negotiate to have you attend driving school in exchange for reduced charges.