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A Reckless Driving conviction can have serious consequences to your life. You could be looking at jail time, significant fines, and the loss of your license. In many counties, including Snohomish and Skagit County, a Reckless Driving charge could even be based on speeding alone. With seriousness of the charge and the potential ramifications to your life, you need a skilled reckless driving lawyer to craft the best reckless driving defense in Lynnwood or other specific jurisdiction you are located in.
Driver's License: A Reckless Driving conviction can suspend you license in two separate ways. The first is by being found or pleading guilty to reckless driving. The statute, RCW 46.61.500, requires that your license be suspended for 30 days The second is that Reckless Driving is considered a major moving violation and will be considered by the DOL when tabulating if you are a Habitual Traffic Offender. A Habitual Traffic Offender is some who has 3 or more offenses listed in RCW 46.65.020(1) (of which Reckless Driving is 1) within a 5 year period or 20 or more moving violations within a 5 year period. The suspension period will depend on the violations and their dates.
If you or a loved one has been charged with Reckless Driving, contact the Law Firm of Lucas D. McWethy and speak with a criminal defense attorney to discuss resolutions to your Reckless Driving charge that keep you out of jail and able to drive.
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License Suspension: If found guilty of Reckless driving, your license will be suspended for at least 30 days. There may be more penalties if you have multiple driving offense or this is a reduction for a DUI.
Reckless Driving, RCW 46.61.500: Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Reckless Driving is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.