Reckless Driving Criminal Defense Attorney Vancouver WA
Reckless Driving in Washington is a gross misdemeanor. That means it is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. In reality, very few people get a punishment like that for Reckless Driving. The crime occurs when you drive with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” This can include extreme speeding, dangerous aggressive driving, or more. Reckless Driving is very fact specific. In addition to the jail and fines, a Reckless Driving conviction will cause you a 30 day license suspension.
What does a 30 day license suspension mean for you? First, you will not be able to drive during that 30 days under any circumstances. Doing so is a separate crime of Driving While Suspended. After the 30 day license suspension, you will have to pay a reinstatement fee. Also, conviction related license suspensions require you carry SR-22 insurance as well. This will result in higher insurance premiums for a certain term. A Reckless Driving conviction can cause you stress and problems for years. If you have been charged with a Reckless Driving offense, call Vancouver WA criminal defense attorney Roger Priest today. Not only can we help you understand the consequences, we can help you devise a defense to fight the charges.Contact Us Now
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Reducing a DUI Charge
t is sometimes possible to reduce a charge of DUI to Reckless Driving. Although they are technically equally serious charges, a Reckless Driving charge is often less problematic than a DUI conviction. A DUI conviction requires a longer license suspension, mandatory jail (or electronic home confinement), higher fines and fees, and at least one year of an ignition interlock device in your car.
Depending on the circumstances, an experienced DUI lawyer like Roger Priest can help you negotiate your DUI to a Reckless Driving to avoid both the stigma and enhanced penalties of a DUI conviction. Most people agree, they’d rather have to explain a Reckless Driving conviction to an employer than a DUI conviction.
Either way, it is important to know that a DUI reduced to a Reckless Driving will still count as a “prior” DUI for sentencing purposes if you receive another DUI in the next seven years. This is important, because after your first DUI, the penalties get much worse in the state of Washington.
Regardless of the charge, we can help. Call today to talk directly to Roger Priest and get the answers you need to take control of your case. We are available to meet right away. We can offer flexible payment plans. The consultation is free. What do you have to lose? Get the help of a criminal defense attorney today.
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Roger handled my case promptly and painlessly. We are from out of state and had spoken with quite a few attorneys in the area before we made the trip. Roger was middle of the road cost-wise (which was truly fair)and was clearly competent, handling the case in one trip over as oppose to the two or even three trip process many of the others were communicating would be the case. I would hire again without a second thought. Thanks again Roger.Shelley W
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Roger Priest is professional, intelligent and experienced, you can tell by the way he holds himself in court. Out of the 21 lawyers I interviewed and compared on an excel spreadsheet. I put my trust in Roger and he didn\'t let me down.Aaron M
Roger Priest was my Criminal Attorney for a DUI case I had in 2018. Through out the whole process he was in contact and always was reassuring! He gave his honest opinion on rather or not if my case would be worth going to trial, which is hard to come by! Today I left the courtroom a free man to come home to my family with a lot of tension lifted off my shoulders because of how he was articulate and presented my defense. I am very lucky to have him in my corner and to be spared. I will take this experience as a wake up call because these opportunities don\\\'t come too often! Mr. Priest definitely deserves a 5 star rating for his devotion and overall performance.JB
Roger Priest was referred to me by another lawyer (who could not take my case). Out of the 3 lawyers I reached out to Mr. Priest was willing to hear my case and not just try and convince me to take the easy route and plead out. He was informative, honest, and very tactical (in his approach with my case). Mr. Priest not only kept me updated with his plans and what to except he involved me in every aspect I could be in. He was very approachable and kind. I won my case, I wouldn’t have if I had gone with another lawyer. I am very satisfied with having had Roger Priest defend me. I hope to never have to use his services again but definitely would rehire him again (I wish I could hire him as my divorce attorney).Alicia S.
I recently consulted Roger for my first and only legal matter. He explained at length the legal ramifications that i was facing and he listened closely to all my questions and concerns. He was very attentive and empathic towards my situation and did not rush through things. I would highly recommend Roger to anyone I know seeking legal representation.Itzel Keefer
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