This is the first post in a series of articles which will address the handling of reckless driving charges in Little Rock, Arkansas. I feel it is necessary to write on this issue due to the fact that many individuals may be overwhelmed and not know how to respond if they receive a reckless driving charge. I am writing this series, therefore, with the goal of providing information which will help people to better understand their situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a criminal defense attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing several topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will discuss include:
- What constitutes reckless driving under Arkansas law
- Whether reckless driving is a misdemeanor or a felony
- The penalties and consequences of a reckless driving conviction
- How long does a reckless driving charge will stay on your record and how to seal the conviction
There are several reasons why I plan to address these topics. First, a person is guilty of reckless driving in Arkansas if they drive a vehicle with a “wanton disregard” for the safety of persons. This means that the individual is driving with an extreme lack of care for the well-being or rights of another person. Second, reckless driving is a misdemeanor and not a felony, but it is still considered a very serious crime. As a result, the possible consequences are still significant. Third, punishment can include a substantial fine and fees, as well as jail time. Moreover, a reckless driving conviction can result in a permanent criminal record. Fourth, a reckless driving conviction in Arkansas will be reflected on your driving record for the next three years. Such a conviction can be sealed but it will depend on the circumstances.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of speaking with an experienced attorney if you or a loved one have been charged with reckless driving. The sooner you contact counsel, the sooner your representative can begin building a case on your behalf. I am a Little Rock criminal defense lawyer and my office prides itself on giving each case the attention and respect that clients deserve. This includes maintaining communication regularly with you throughout the entire duration of your case and keeping you informed every step of the way. I understand that you are facing a serious situation and I am ready to assist you. Contact my office online or by telephone today. I also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the remainder of Arkansas.