Reckless Driving in DC

Reckless DrivingHave you been charged with reckless driving in DC?  We can help.   Reckless Driving is a serious misdemeanor in the District of Columbia.  

Reckless Driving – Speeding and reckless driving (DC Code section 50-2201.04)

50-2201.04. Speeding and reckless driving.

(a) No vehicle shall be operated at a greater rate of speed than permitted by the regulations adopted under the authority of this part.

(b) Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, or without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property, shall be guilty of reckless driving.

(c) Any individual violating any provision of this section where the offense constitutes reckless driving shall upon conviction for the 1st offense be fined not more than $500 or imprisoned not more than 3 months, or both; upon conviction for the 2nd offense committed within a 2-year period shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both; and upon conviction for the 3rd or any subsequent offense committed within a 2-year period of the 1st offense shall be fined not more than $3,000 or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.

(d) Any individual violating any provision of this section, except where the offense constitutes reckless driving, shall be subject to a civil fine under the District of Columbia Traffic Adjudication Act (§ 50-2301.01 et seq.).

Traffic lawyer in DC explains Reckless Driving in DC Good day ladies and gentleman. My name is Mark Rollins and I’m an attorney here in Washington, D.C. I’m also licensed in the state of Maryland. Today we’re talking about reckless driving here in D.C. Reckless driving in D.C. unlike some other jurisdictions, where speed is a factor, speed does not necessarily have to be a factor in D.C. In order to be convicted of reckless driving in D.C. The only thing the government has to prove is, one, that you carelessly disregarded the right of others while driving your vehicle and two, you operated that vehicle at a speed or in a manner to endanger people or property. If the government proves those two things you can see that speed does not necessarily have to be a factor. You could’ve been going 30 miles in a 15 mile zone but you operate your vehicle in such a way that you endangered others or you carelessly disregarded the right of others you could be convicted of reckless driving. Also, reckless driving carries a mandatory 12 points on your DMV with the DMV upon conviction. Now, that’s for DMV. If you go to D.C. Superior Court for reckless driving and you’re found guilty of it, the first offense carries three months and/or 500 dollars fine and if you’ve been convicted in the last two years of the same charge then the offense actually carries a one-year and/or 1000 dollar fine. Now if you are charged with reckless driving I would ask you that you call our office and we’ll be more than happy to walk that through with you and help you out! Thanks for tuning in to our channel and we look forward to hearing from you!

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