Careless & Reckless Driving
These days, people spend a great deal of their time in their cars, driving from one place to another. It seems only to be a matter of time before inattention or other distractions lead to a Careless & Reckless Driving citation. Patterson Weaver Law is ready to assist clients who have been charged with Careless & Reckless Driving. Patterson Weaver is a lawyer dedicated to providing exceptional legal representation to those in need of assistance anywhere among the counties of El Paso, Pueblo, Tell, Park, Freemont and surrounding areas.
What is Careless & Reckless Driving?
In Colorado Reckless Driving is defined as a person who operates a vehicle “in such a manner as to indicate either a wanton or a willful disregard” for surrounding people or property. C.R.S. 42-4-1401 (2013). The State of Colorado defines Careless Driving as a person who operates a vehicle “in a careless and imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and use of the streets and highways and all other attendant circumstances…” C.R.S. 42-4-1402 (2013). Careless Driving and Reckless Driving are not the same thing, although they are often confused.
If you find yourself facing a Careless & Reckless Driving charge, you should consider seeking the advice of a qualified attorney. There may be a number of options open to you in order to resolve your situation. Be sure to retain the most experienced representation you can. Attorney Patterson Weaver is skilled in the area of Careless & Reckless Driving defense and he is prepared to act on your behalf. Call now!
Do I Really Need a Lawyer?
Careless & Reckless driving citations may seem like standard traffic tickets, but they are much more serious. These charges can be given by the police after a traffic accident, or simply based on observed driving. Depending on the circumstances, a person cited with Careless & Reckless driving can face substantial fines and jail time. Aside from these criminal consequences, a conviction can have continued consequences even after resolution of the criminal case. Because Careless Driving carries a DMV point penalty of 4 points, and Reckless Driving 8 points, these charges can often lead to a driver’s license suspension if there are already some points on the license, preventing you from driving to work, the grocery store, and all the other places we take for granted in our daily lives. Additionally, even if it doesn’t lead to a license suspension, a conviction of Careless & Reckless driving can lead to long term increase of auto insurance rates, and commercial drivers (CDL) open themselves up to potentially losing their job. Even more serious is the fact that a Reckless Driving conviction can be a strike towards being labeled as a Habitual Traffic Offender.