A Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorney Explains the Consequences of a Reckless Driving Charge
If you’ve been charged with a traffic related charge a Connecticut criminal defense attorney can discuss the ramifications and help you understand possible defense strategies.
When a Reckless Driving Charge Might Apply
Reckless driving is generally considered ‘driving in a manner that shows reckless disregard for the safety of others.’ As a Connecticut criminal defense attorney can explain, reckless driving may be considered for excessive speed, texting and driving or any other type of driving that shows a lack of regard for those around you. In most cases, reckless driving charges are considered a misdemeanor.
How Reckless Driving Charges May Be Used in Relation to a DWI Offense
As an experienced criminal lawyer can discuss, it is not uncommon for a reckless driving charge to be included for instances where the officers also charged you with a DWI or more serious offense. In this case the reckless driving charge might be considered what’s called a ‘lesser included offense’ as it usually carries lighter penalties than DWI charges. As your Connecticut criminal defense attorney will explain, the reckless driving charge is usually included in case some element of the DWI charge cannot be proven by the prosecution.
How a Reckless Driving Charge Might Be Used in a Plea Bargain
It’s important to understand that a Connecticut criminal defense attorney cannot guarantee that a chosen defense strategy will secure you an acquittal. Likewise, there is no promise of a plea deal. That said, a Connecticut criminal defense attorney can discuss whether there are any proof problems with a greater charge like a DWI. If so, the prosecution might consider accepting a plea bargain for the reckless driving charge which might carry far less serious penalties. If you face any criminal charges, your attorney can analyze your case and advise you.
If you’ve been charged with a driving related offense, contact an experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney to discuss your legal options. Call Shalvoy Law, LLC at 203-426-4409 to set up a consultation.
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