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Reckless Driving

Driving recklessly is an illegal offense in the state of Texas. A reckless driving charge is not a simple citation. It is a criminal offense and will result in you following the standard criminal process. Unlike a speeding ticket, a reckless driving charge can result in heavy legal penalties.

These charges are not a laughing matter. A reckless driving charge can result in misdemeanor charges. It is important if you have been charged with reckless driving, that you obtain legal representation. A skilled attorney can advocate on your behalf, possibly resulting in reduced or dismissed charges.

Attorneys for Reckless Driving in Collin County, TX

Reckless driving can result in serious legal consequences. If you or someone you know has been charged with a traffic offense, it is vital you seek an experienced attorney. The aid of a criminal defense attorney can greatly increase your chances of obtaining favorable results.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy are specialized in criminal defense. Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy values resilience and honesty while practicing criminal law. We will walk you through every step of the legal process and exhaust all possible resources to help your case. Find an attorney who is determined and will put you first. Contact us today at (972) 805-8855 for a free consultation.

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy helps those charged with driving offenses at the Collin County Court of Law and nearby areas including Plano, McKinney, Garland, Prosper, and Frisco.

Do not wait another moment. Call us at (972) 805-8855, or simply submit an online contact form now.

Overview for Reckless Driving in Texas

Reckless Driving Defined by Texas Law

Texas Transportation Code § 545.401 states it is illegal to drive a vehicle in willful disregard for the safety of persons or property. If a driver is at the following locations, he or she may be cited for a reckless driving offense.

  • A highway or other public place; or
  • A private access way or parking area provided for a client or patron by a business, other than a private residential property; or
  • The property of a garage or parking lot for where charges are made to park vehicles.

Reckless driving incorporates a wide variety of actions. A few examples of reckless driving is speeding way over the limit, weaving in and out of traffic lanes, drag racing, running red lights, and driving on concrete pathways. The charge is usually up to the discretion of the officer.

Understand that if you try to flee from law enforcement, your penalties will be enhanced. Additionally, the crime will be enhanced to a Class A misdemeanor if the alleged offender causes or puts another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death.

Texas Penalties for Reckless Driving

A reckless driving charge comes with criminal penalties. If a person is convicted of reckless driving, he or she will face a misdemeanor charge. The following penalties for a reckless driving conviction include:

  • A possible fine of up to $200;
  • Up to 30 days in county jail;
  • License suspension;
  • Increased car insurance rates;
  • Points assessed under the Texas Driver Responsibility Program; and
  • Annual Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver Responsibility Surcharges

Texas Driver Responsibility Program Impact of Reckless Driving

The Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) authorizes the ability to add surcharges to people who have traffic convictions. Points are used to show a driver's history for citations and driving offenses. All points will remain on a person's driving record for three years from the date of conviction.

The points are assigned by the traffic conviction they are associated with. The following is how points are applied to your driver's record after a traffic conviction.

  • Two Points – Any Texas or out-of-state traffic conviction
  • Three Points – Any Texas or out-of-state traffic conviction that resulted in a crash.

If a person is deemed a habitual violator of traffic laws, DPS can suspend a person's drivers license. Texas Transportation Code §521.292(b) states a person can be classified as a habitual offender if he or she has any of the following on their record:

  • Four or more convictions that arise out of different infractions in 12 consecutive months
  • Seven or more convictions that arise out of different infractions in 24 months.

People with six or more points will have a surcharge on their insurance. The surcharge will stay every year they have six or more points. For the first six points, DPS will assess a surcharge of $100. After that, a charge of $25 will be added for each additional point. All surcharges must be paid within 105 days or the person's driver license will be suspended.

Additional Resources

Texas Driver Responsibility Program – Visit the official website for the Texas Driver Responsibility Surcharge Program (DPS). Find more information about current surcharge accounts, payments, indigency or incentive programs, and recent legislation for traffic laws. Learn the requirements a person must fulfill if they want the DPS to assess their point record.

Texas Transportation Code § 545.401 – Visit the official website of the Texas Transportation Code and other state laws. Read more information regarding reckless driving and other traffic offenses in the state of Texas. Find more information regarding penalties, and the specifics of driving violations.  

Defense Lawyers for Reckless Driving in Texas

Have you been accused of reckless driving in the greater Collin County area? It is important that you seek legal representation as soon as possible. If you or someone you know has been charged with reckless driving, it is in your best interest to speak to an attorney at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy.

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy is a group of distinguished attorneys who focus on criminal defense. Our attorneys are resilient in the face of obstacles. We want to help guide you through this murky legal process. Formulating a defense early in a case is important. The attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy will speak to law enforcement, file motions, and do whatever legal action it takes to get you favorable results.

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy has been recognized for legal excellence in the past.  Attorney Richard McConathy was awarded Super Lawyers Rising Star in the years 2012 and 2013, and the Texas Monthly Rising Star in 2011. Additionally, attorney Brian Bolton was awarded the Super Lawyers Rising Star in the year of 2011.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy represent those charged with driving offenses throughout Collin County and nearby cities including Plano, Frisco, McKinney, and Murphy.

Do not hesitate. Call us at (972) 805-8855, or simply submit an online contact form to schedule a free consultation.

This article was last updated on December 14, 2018.


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