It seems like your teenager is less and less dependent on you every day. However, there are times when you still need to provide guidance and support. If your teen is arrested for reckless driving, then you are in a situation where your guidance and support may not only be welcome—but it may be necessary to help your child avoid the significant consequences of a reckless driving conviction.
Here’s How You Can Help a Teen Arrested for Reckless Driving
Even if your teen is resistant, it is important to help your teen understand:
The charge against him. Your teen needs to know that the ticket he received is not just a speeding ticket. He must understand that he has been charged with a criminal offense for which he may face criminal penalties.
The legal process before him. If the driver is under the age of 18, then a reckless driving case will typically be heard in juvenile court in a process known as a petition of delinquency. This will be heard before a judge. If the teen driver is found guilty, then the teen driver may have the right to file an appeal and get a new trial in Circuit Court.
The potential consequences of a reckless driving charge. A teen driver may be charged as an adult for the crime of reckless driving—even if the driver is under the age of 18. That means that your teenager may be facing confinement in a juvenile detention center, a significant fine, license suspension, and other consequences if he is convicted of reckless driving.
The possible defenses to a reckless driving charge. By understanding the potential defenses to a reckless driving charge, your teen may be able to understand how to fight the charges against him.
The benefit of hiring an experienced lawyer. An attorney can review everything with you and your child so that you both know what to expect. Additionally, a lawyer can make sure that all of your child’s rights are protected.
As a parent, you may also decide to take additional actions such as restricting privileges at home or paying for your child’s legal counsel.
The Most Important Thing You Need to Know Is How to Get Help for a Teen Charged With Reckless Driving
You don’t have to have all of the answers, but you do need to take action to help prevent a reckless driving charge from impacting your child’s chances of getting into college, getting a job, or enjoying the rest of his teen years.
The Wilson Law Firm is ready to help you help your child. Please call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with us.