Building an effective reckless driving defense starts the moment you're pulled over. Protect your legal rights by remembering five things you should never say to the arresting officer.
1. Don't Admit You Were Driving Too Fast
Reckless driving by speed means you were going at least 20 miles over the speed limit or over 85 miles per hour regardless of the posted speed limit. Even if you believe you were driving too fast, never admit wrongdoing to the officer. Reckless driving by speed is a criminal offense, which makes it much more serious than a simple speeding ticket.
2. Don't Admit You Weren't Paying Attention
Drivers have a duty to remain alert and focused while on the road. Admitting you were distracted by other occupants of the vehicle, changing the station on the radio, or looking at your phone won't help your case. It's best to avoid saying anything about the actions that caused you to be pulled over. Provide your name and your driver's license, then remain silent until you've talked to an attorney.
3. Don't Claim You Were Traveling With the Flow of Traffic
You're not allowed to break the law just because other people are also doing it. Going with the flow of traffic isn't an acceptable defense under any circumstance.
4. Don't Blame Cruise Control
Cruise control doesn't absolve you of responsibility for your speed. A speedometer calibration might work in your favor if you don't believe you were driving as fast as the officer claims, but this is an issue to discuss with your attorney as you're preparing your defense.
5. Don't Argue With the Officer
In many cases, officers have a fair amount of discretion when it comes to reckless driving charges. If you become argumentative or insult the officer, he's likely to push for the maximum penalty when your case goes to court.
Protect yourself by hiring an experienced reckless driving attorney who can work with you to build an aggressive defense to reduce or drop the charge. Call to schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation with Virginia reckless driving attorney T. Kevin Wilson.