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San Jose CA reckless driving charges lawyerSome people may think that a reckless driving charge is no big deal, but in reality, a reckless driving charge can seriously impact your life. Not only can you face criminal charges for reckless driving, but you can also face license suspension, fines and an increase in your insurance rates. Even though reckless driving is still a traffic offense, it has much more serious consequences than a simple speeding ticket or other traffic violation.

What is Reckless Driving?

California VEH 23103 is the portion of the vehicle code that deals with reckless driving. According to the vehicle code, reckless driving occurs when a person is driving a vehicle “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” You can be charged with reckless driving in a variety of situations. These can including:

  • Excessive speeding;
  • Weaving;
  • DUI;
  • Street racing; and
  • Hit-and-run accidents.

Sentencing for Reckless Driving

In California, a basic reckless driving charge is a misdemeanor and can result in a minimum of five days and a maximum of 90 days in prison and a fine between $145 and $1,000. If the reckless driving incident resulted in death or bodily injury or you have a prior reckless driving charge on your record, those penalties will most likely increase. 

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San Jose traffic violation defense lawyers, traffic ticket, unpaid traffic fines, driver's license suspension, traffic finesAccording to the Los Angeles Times, as of next month Californians will no longer face losing their driver’s licenses due to unpaid traffic fines. Historically, drivers who accrued outstanding unpaid traffic tickets risked having their licenses suspended; however, according to Governor Jerry Brown, this form of punishment was not an effective way of collecting unpaid fines for the state.

Additionally, the governor also argues that such a system helped perpetuate a cycle of job loss and poverty among low-income individuals who were unable to pay their traffic tickets. Therefore, a new law that takes place in August will abolish the practice of suspending licenses based solely on outstanding unpaid traffic tickets.

However, it is important to note that the new law will not apply retroactively to people who have already had their driver’s licenses suspended. Additionally, it should also be pointed out that even after California’s new law takes effect, the consequences associated with ignoring outstanding traffic fines are still substantial.

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