According to CA Vehicle Code
23103, Reckless Driving is “A person who drives a vehicle upon a highway
in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property…”
Remember, it is the law enforcement officer’s (LEO) opinion whether
your speed was reckless or not and once the LEO issues the ticket, it
is at the judge’s discretion whether you are guilty. If you have
been charged with a reckless driving ticket, contact a traffic ticket
attorney who regularly practices in Fresno County for legal advice and
counseling before you decide to just pay the fine.
Speeding on I-5 and Highway 99
Both I-5 and Highway 99 have various speed limits depending on the local
engineering surveys conducted of the area. Some places on I-5 and 99 even
dip to 35-40 mph because of the dangerous grades and curves, while in
other places where there are four or more lanes in both directions the
speed can go up to 70 mph; however, trucks, busses, and some other vehicles
are limited to 55 mph on all CA freeways, including that recreational
vehicle or trailer you may be hauling.
Reckless Driving Tickets and Speeding
Is there a correlation between speeding and reckless driving? If you’re
caught at speeds of over 100 mph and convicted, that will get you a two-point
violation under the DMV’s Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS)
and a warning suspension letter. NOTS issues automatic warnings and notifications
in CA depending on your level of NOTS points. You are only allowed four
points within a twelve-month period, before your driver’s license
will be suspended for six months and you will have a twelve-month probationary
period that runs simultaneously with the suspension. Of course, you can
request a DMV Hearing and have an attorney represent you at the hearing
before your suspension.
Any other violations or accidents could lead to a longer suspension period
during the probation and any violation during the suspension will get
you another ticket for driving while under suspension, which is a misdemeanor
crime, depending on the reason for the suspension. In addition, CA Vehicle
22348 gives the traffic court discretion to automatically suspend your driver’s
license for 30 days if convicted.
Speeding over 100 mph is not just reckless driving, it is a reckless financial
act as well. If you are convicted or just pay your fine, it will cost
you anywhere from $900 minimum to over $4000 depending on your previous
driving record with speeding. What’s worse is your auto insurance
premiums will skyrocket, if you can find an insurer. Insurance premiums
doubling or tripling after a 100+ mph speeding or reckless driving conviction
is the norm rather than an exception.
There is a mandatory court appearance for either you or your attorney and
don’t even think about taking a traffic course to limit your liability
for NOTS points; it is not allowed.
Fresno County Court
When it comes time to pay that fine or contest your reckless driving ticket,
you or your attorney will need to show up at traffic court. The Fresno
County Courthouse is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and
is located at 2317 Tuolumne Street or 1100 Van Ness Ave. With the New
Traffic Quick Pay Window, paying traffic tickets online is easy with one-time
or scheduled monthly credit card payments, although there is an additional
admin fee for using a credit card and you must pay a minimum of ten percent
of your fine initially.
Don’t get caught unaware when you’re cited for reckless driving.
Keep in mind that anything 35 mph over the speed limit could be considered
driving recklessly, and if you don’t get in an accident, you could
still find yourself having to pay a huge fine; remember to stay safe out
there and stay alert.
Consult a Central Valley Traffic Lawyer
Just because you got a ticket for reckless driving does not make you guilty.
The reckless driving law leaves a lot of room for interpretation by law
enforcement, you should consult a local Central Valley traffic ticket
lawyer about your situation because if you just pay the fine you are guilty
of a misdemeanor criminal offense, which will stay on your driving record
for 7 to 10 years and your criminal record for life. When you consider
the $1000 or more in fines, double or tripled insurance fees, NOTS points,
and possible jail time, you should seriously consider hiring Bigger &
Harman to represent you in traffic court.
Call Bigger & Harman, 661-349-9300 to discuss your reckless driving
or other traffic ticket or email:
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