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 hesitate to 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, Winchester 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.