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Reckless Driving Lawyer in Renton, Washington

What is Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving is a serious traffic offense in Washington State. It's defined as driving a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. This charge can result from various driving behaviors that demonstrate a significant lack of care for others on the road.

Common Examples of Reckless Driving:

  • Excessive speeding (typically 25+ mph over the limit)

  • Aggressive weaving through traffic

  • Racing other vehicles

  • Passing in dangerous situations

  • Deliberately running red lights or stop signs

Consequences of a Reckless Driving Conviction

Legal Penalties

  • Up to 364 days in jail

  • Fines up to $5,000

  • License suspension for 30 days

Additional Consequences

  • Significant increase in insurance rates

  • Criminal record affecting employment opportunities

  • Potential immigration consequences for non-citizens

Why You Need an Experienced Reckless Driving Attorney

Facing a reckless driving charge can be overwhelming. Our experienced legal team at Duncan Law PLLC can:

  1. Analyze your case for potential defenses

  2. Negotiate with prosecutors for reduced charges

  3. Represent you in court proceedings

  4. Work to minimize the impact on your driving record and personal life

Our Approach to Reckless Driving Defense

1. Thorough Case Evaluation

We start by reviewing all evidence, including:

  • Police reports

  • Witness statements

  • Any available video footage

  • Your driving record

2. Developing a Strong Defense Strategy

Possible defense strategies may include:

  • Challenging the officer's subjective assessment

  • Questioning the accuracy of speed measurement devices

  • Exploring potential constitutional violations in the traffic stop

3. Skillful Negotiation

We'll work to negotiate with prosecutors for:

  • Reduced charges (e.g., negligent driving)

  • Alternative sentencing options

  • Deferred prosecution (if applicable)

4. Aggressive Court Representation

If your case goes to trial, we provide robust courtroom advocacy to protect your rights and pursue the best possible outcome.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can a reckless driving charge be reduced?

A: Yes, in many cases. We often negotiate for reduced charges such as negligent driving, which carries less severe penalties.

Q: Will I lose my license for reckless driving?

A: A conviction typically results in a 30-day license suspension. However, we may be able to contest this or arrange for limited driving privileges.

Q: How long does a reckless driving conviction stay on my record?

A: In Washington State, a reckless driving conviction remains on your driving record for 5 years and on your criminal record indefinitely unless expunged.

Q: Can I get a reckless driving charge expunged?

A: Possibly. After a certain period, you may be eligible to petition for expungement. We can guide you through this process.

Q: What if this is my first offense?

A: First-time offenders often have more options for favorable outcomes, including possible deferred prosecution or reduced charges.

Why Choose Duncan Law PLLC for Your Reckless Driving Defense?

  • Extensive experience in Washington State traffic law

  • Proven track record of successful case outcomes

  • Personalized attention to each client's unique situation

  • Aggressive negotiation and litigation skills

  • Commitment to minimizing the impact on your life and future

Contact Us for a Consultation

Don't face a reckless driving charge alone. Contact Duncan Law PLLC today to discuss your case and explore your defense options.

Phone: 206-237-7714

Duncan Law if here to protect your rights, your license, and your future.

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