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Fight Back Against Reckless Driving Allegations

Who doesn’t love street racing or sometimes just driving fast? Unfortunately, the police aren’t always understanding – even though they routinely drive faster than any of us.

If you are charged with reckless driving or reckless driving racing, the experienced reckless driving and racing attorneys at Durflinger Oliver & Associates PS can help you. Our experienced defense lawyers and former prosecutors routinely fight driving charges from infractions up through felonies. We prepare all of our cases as though we’re going to trial so that the prosecutors know that we’re serious.

Reckless driving is defined as “any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property simply means that a person knows he’s doing something dangerous but doesn’t care and puts others and property at risk of injury or damage. Excessive speed can be evidence of willful or wanton disregard, but not necessarily. Two vehicles comparing speed can be considered to be racing even if they aren’t driving particularly fast. Any good defense attorney has represented “racers” who were going only slightly faster than the speed limit. Reckless driving and reckless driving/racing charges can have some pretty serious consequences. Here are the basics:

  • Criminal offense: Reckless driving and reckless driving/racing are gross misdemeanors under the Revised Code of Washington. This means a possible jail sentence of up to 364 days and a fine of up to $5,000.
  • License suspension: A conviction for either reckless driving or racing will result in an automatic license suspension of 30 days.
  • SR-22 insurance: A license suspension for reckless driving or racing will result in the requirement of SR-22 insurance for three years. Fortunately, SR-22 insurance can often be purchased for less than $50 per month in addition to your normal insurance.
  • Immigration consequences: A criminal conviction can lead to deportation if you are not a U.S. citizen. It can also be a bar to admission to the U.S. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you need to carefully consider all your options if you are charged with a crime.

The experienced attorneys at Durflinger Oliver & Associates PS have three decades of combined litigation experience and can be trusted to always provide high quality, affordable representation. Call today for your free consultation. Jail and home visits are available, as are convenient payment plans and a military discount.