If you have recently been issued a citation for
reckless driving in Riverside County, it's important to know your rights and the facts
of the case before appearing in court. Being found guilty of this offense
is a misdemeanor that could yield fines up to $2000, increase your insurance
premiums, revoke the status of your license (repeat offenses), impound
your car, increase the points on your driving record, and could even result
in jail time if bodily harm was inflicted on an innocent party. Knowing
your rights and how to defend yourself in court can save you time and money.
First, if you are pulled over or arrested for reckless driving, or exhibition
of speed, consult a lawyer as soon as possible. Hesitation may cost you
more than money. Your freedom from incarceration could also be on the
line, so act fast. Being proactive is important at this stage, and hiring
an attorney to help you is paramount.
Second, present any mitigating factors in regards to the case immediately
to your lawyer. Many things ranging from a good driving record, to radar
calibration, to extenuating circumstances can be a key tipping factor
when appearing in front of a judge. If your attorney is prepared, it will
show the prosecutor and the judge that you are serious about your defense
and won't just roll over. Remember, the burden of proof is on the
police at this point.
Third, your overall goal in most cases is to have the case thrown out.
The presentation of strong evidence in your favor, as well as a competent
and skilled attorney will aid you in a positive outcome.
Finally, remember that both the judge and prosecutor have legal discretion
in pertinence to this level of offense. And while they are of course bound
by certain restrictions of the law, they have the power to rule as they
see fit. So when faced with this situation, it is very important to follow
these steps in hopes of an outcome that plays out in your favor.
For consultation or to discuss the details of your case, please don't
contact us, or reach us by telephone at 951-842-2347. The Law Office of Nic Cocis
& Associates operates in the cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar,
Menifee, Hemet, Lake Elsinore, Perris, Banning, Corona and Riverside,
and all cases are handled by Mr. Cocis personally. It is important to
the success of your case that you always enter the courtroom with the
capable legal counsel that we provide.