We’ve all been there: you’re driving down the road and the vehicle in front of you is driving erratically. When he’s not swerving in and out of the lanes, he’s speeding, tailgating, and even riding on the median. The first thing you can think is, “where are the cops now?”
You found out where the cops were when you were allegedly driving in a dangerous manner—they were watching you. A police officer pulled you over on Route 28 and charged you with reckless driving.
Generally Speaking, Reckless Driving General Is a Catch-All
In order to receive a reckless driving conviction, the court will have to prove that your driving could result in endangering life, limb, or property. In order to consider this, an officer may use one of these scenarios:
- Accident cases. If an accident was caused as a result of your driving, the police officer may charge you with reckless driving general. Although the accident itself is not evidence that you were indeed driving recklessly, witness testimony, questioning, and scene analysis are.
- Behavior cases. An officer may charge you with reckless driving if he actually sees you driving in a manner that could hurt someone else. For instance, failing to use your signal, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting in close to other vehicles, and other forms of dangerous driving could be considered reckless.
- Estimation cases. If an officer believes that a motorist is driving at an excessive speed, one that is more than 80 mph or 20 mph over the speed limit, he may be able to use an estimation scenario to give a reckless driving charge. If he is unable to track the vehicle or catch it on the radar, but thinks it was speeding excessively, he may be able to use his estimation skills in deciding if the vehicle should be given such a charge.
We May Be Able to Help
If you are fighting a reckless driving charge, you’ll need the help of an experienced legal team behind you. If not, you may pay fines and receive penalties that are far worse than you deserve. Contact the Easley Law Firm today to speak with a lawyer about your situation and find out how we may be able to help you.