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Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is defined as “driving in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” It does not take much to be charged with this offense. For example, weaving in and out of traffic at dangerous speeds may be sufficient. (RCW 46.61.500)

Reckless driving is a gross misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 364 days in jail and $5,000 in fines. Your license will be suspended for a minimum of 30 days if you are convicted. If you drive during the suspension period, additional charges may be brought against you. Unfortunately, some courts impose jail time for first-time offenders and a reckless driving conviction can result in inadmissibility to Canada.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.