It is considered a criminal matter when one abuses their driving privileges to the point of putting others in danger. Many people engage in reckless driving out of a sense of wanting a thrill, thinking it is fun, or simply not considering the consequences. While some may consider such behavior to be “no big deal” the fact of the matter is that one can be convicted of a crime, receive a permanent criminal record, and may be subjected to fines and incarceration. It is important to understand that such cases are different from ordinary traffic tickets and that you require legal representation. I am a Peoria reckless driving attorney who assists those charged with the offense. If you need to speak with a lawyer then call my office today..
Peoria lawyer defending those charged with misdemeanor or felony reckless driving
Illinois residents commit the offense of reckless driving when they show a blatant disregard for the safety of others or when they intentionally take their vehicle into the air. One will typically be charged with a Class “A” misdemeanor for a first offense. The penalties for a conviction can be one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. A defendant may face Class 4 felony charges if the act resulted in bodily harm or disfigurement of another person. Such would be considered “aggravated reckless driving” and the defendant would face a penalty of one to three years in prison in addition to fines. If one hits a crossing guard or a child then additional penalties may also be levied.
The first step in a reckless driving case will be to enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty.” If the matter is charged as a felony then a defendant will have a right, under the speedy trial act, to have the case resolved within 160 days if they are out of custody or 120 days if they are incarcerated. Such cases often come down to what defines “reckless behavior” and whether statements were taken from the defendant which violate their Miranda rights. Having an attorney to assist with the process can make a substantial difference in the outcome of a case.
I am a Peoria criminal defense lawyer defending those charged with misdemeanor or felony reckless driving. I am a former prosecutor with over twenty years of legal experience. I am familiar with the court process and know what to expect as your case moves forward. I will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of what happened and to help you know what to expect as your case moves forward. I will file all necessary Motions with the Court and will keep you up to date as to the status of the case while I negotiate with the prosecution. I believe that everyone is entitled to a vigorous defense and he will protect your rights throughout the process. Do not risk your situation to a lesser experienced attorney. Contact my office today.
In addition to Peoria, I service the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.
Peoria attorney providing quality representation to those who face reckless driving charges
I understand that many people are frustrated with the level of service they receive from attorneys. I strive to be different from other lawyers. I regularly provide clients with my cell phone number, can be reached via text message, and I make myself available to answer any questions you may have. My firm believes that everyone is entitled to quality representation and my goal is to provide it. This is true whether you have received a speeding ticket, have been charged with a DUI, or if you face a felony offense.