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What to know about reckless driving charges

On Behalf of | Feb 28, 2024 | CRIMINAL LAW - Criminal Defense

When facing reckless driving charges, you must know your rights to defend yourself effectively.

Here are some strategies to help you navigate through this challenging situation.

Understand the law

Start by learning about the laws on reckless driving in Oklahoma. These charges involve operating a vehicle with deliberate disregard for the safety of people or property. Contributing factors can include ignoring traffic signals, excessive speeding or weaving in and out of traffic.

Gather evidence

Collect proof supporting your case. Get witness statements. Take photos or videos of the incident’s location. Provide GPS evidence or other relevant documentation. Having solid evidence can strengthen your defense.

One effective approach is to show that you are a responsible driver. You can offer proof of your clean driving record. You can also provide documentation if you have completed a defensive driving course. Highlighting your commitment to safe driving practices can lessen the severity of the charges against you.

Challenge the charges

Review the evidence presented by the prosecution and look for inconsistencies or inaccuracies. If there are any discrepancies, bring them to the court’s attention.

The specifics of your circumstance dictate your possible defense strategies. Some possibilities include:

  • Proving you were not the driver
  • Documenting missing or obscured traffic signs
  • Questioning the reliability of the radar gun
  • Establishing your speed with speedometer calibration
  • Disproving intent
  • Demonstrating a necessity for your actions

Maintain a respectful demeanor throughout your legal proceedings. Being cooperative and respectful towards the court and other parties can reflect positively on your character. It may influence the outcome of your case.

Understanding your defense options allows you to advocate for your rights and protect yourself against reckless driving charges.