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One is considered to have abused their driving privileges when they place others in danger. While someone may engage in reckless behavior out of a desire to have fun, the fact of the matter is that such charges can result in fines, jail time, and possibly a felony conviction. If you have been charged with driving recklessly then it is not just “another ticket” and you should contact a lawyer immediately. Our Chicago attorney represents those charged for reckless driving and is able to assist you. Contact our Orland Park office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Reckless driving charges often are the result of a foolish mistake. One is then left worrying about their future. The level of service you will receive from your attorney should not be another cause for concern. Michael promptly returns phone calls, often gives out his cell number, and makes himself available to answer any questions you may have. This is our promise to each and every client. Call today.
Reckless driving occurs whenever one drives with a disregard for the safety of others or when they intentionally use a roadway to take their vehicle airborne. Such conduct will be charged as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a sentence of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. If the offense results in bodily harm or disfigurement to another then the case will be elevated to “aggravated reckless driving.” An aggravated charge is considered a Class 4 felony which carries penalties of 1-3 years in prison. Additional penalties exist for those who hit a crossing guard or a child.
Misdemeanor cases are heard in the Municipal Court while felony cases are heard in the Circuit Court after either the issuance of an indictment or a preliminary hearing. Once one is arraigned a trial date will be set. In felony matters the case will proceed to trial within 180 days if the defendant is out of custody and 120 days if the defendant is incarcerated. These speedy trial rights may be waived by the accused. Since the standard for what constitutes “reckless” behavior is vague such cases may come down to the driver’s word against that of the officer’s. There may also be issues as to whether law enforcement collected statements in violation of one’s Fifth Amendment rights. Hiring an attorney to assist you in resolving the matter is crucial.
Michael J. Brennan is a Chicago reckless driving lawyer handling such matters, as well as charges of street racing, throughout Cook County and elsewhere. Once retained Michael will obtain the arrest reports and other evidence in order to determine whether any pre-trial motions are necessary. As a former prosecutor with over thirty years of experience he is knowledgeable as to how such cases should be presented to a Judge and will make the best possible argument to help you reach a favorable resolution. Michael understands that you are facing a serious situation and he will take it seriously. Contact our attorney today.