Reckless Driving Defense In DuPage And Kane Counties

You may believe you were in control or the dangers were exaggerated. You would never intentionally risk the lives of others. Yet the police and prosecutor are calling it reckless driving, and now your freedom and driving privileges are in danger.

Reckless driving is not a traffic ticket but a criminal offense — possibly a felony. With so much at stake, you cannot afford to take this lightly or represent yourself. You need the tough and aggressive defense that the experienced attorneys of Martin & Kent, L.L.C., can provide.

Call us right away for a free consultation if you are charged with reckless driving or another serious traffic offense. We practice in DuPage, Kane and Cook counties.

I'm Charged With Reckless Driving?

You can be charged with reckless driving or aggravated reckless driving under many scenarios, such as:

  • Exceeding the speed limit by 30 mph or more
  • Excessive speed in a school zone or crowded area
  • Going airborne over a hill or railroad crossing
  • Straddling the centerline of a highway
  • Driving at night with headlights off
  • Street racing
  • Fleeing or eluding police

Any of these situations might apply under the statutory definition of reckless driving as "willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property."

Reckless driving is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and$2,500 in fines. If someone is seriously injured, you face being charged with aggravated reckless driving, a Class 4 misdemeanor punishable by up to three years in prison and $25,000 in fines. Reckless driving counts as 55 points against your Illinois driver's license; your driving privileges may be suspended if you had other traffic violations in the past 12 months or previous convictions for reckless driving or DUI.

We Take These Charges Seriously And We Get Good Results

We understand that such an offense on your criminal record and driving record may have long-term effects on employment, insurance and other facets of your life. Our lawyers will examine the facts of your arrest or citation, challenging the basis for reckless driving with the goal of dismissal of charges. As former prosecutors and longtime defense attorneys, we also recognize opportunities to negotiate lesser charges such as careless driving or speeding that will not result in a criminal conviction or jail time.

The right attorney can make a difference in your case. At Martin & Kent, L.L.C., you are represented by proven criminal defense lawyers with 40-plus years of combined experience. To talk with our attorneys about reckless driving charges, contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We serve DuPage County, Kane County and Cook County, with offices in Wheaton and Naperville.