Know Your Rights And Legal Options When Charged With Reckless Or Inattentive Driving
When a traffic violation occurs around closing time for bars, police officers often pull drivers over for suspicion of DUI. When the driver doesn’t appear to be under the influence of alcohol, officers often choose to issue an inattentive driving ticket or charge them with reckless driving – even if the driver was merely tired or a little careless. This is just one of many scenarios in which a person could be charged with inattentive or reckless driving. And if you are facing charges, you need to take them seriously. Have an experienced criminal defense lawyer carefully evaluate the evidence and explain your options.
Our lawyer at Martens Law Office, P.C., aggressively defends people accused of reckless or inattentive driving and other traffic-related offenses in Boise and the surrounding areas. Attorney Jared B. Martens brings over 20 years of experience to each case and is well-regarded by current and former clients for his focus on delivering high-quality representation and individualized attention. Our firm is prepared to protect your rights – contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.
The Basics Of Inattentive Driving Charges
Idaho Statute 49-1401.3 defines inattentive driving as less serious than reckless driving, and one in which “the conduct of the operator has been inattentive, careless or imprudent… rather than heedless or wanton.” Depending on the circumstances observed by the police officer – and often depending on the political climate – you could be charged with either inattentive or reckless driving in similar situations.
Inattentive driving is charged as a misdemeanor and may be punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or may be fined not more than $300. Even with inattentive driving, you could lose your driver’s license if it results in you having too many points over a period of time. Police officers in Idaho are on careful watch for drivers who are texting while driving. They can and will pull you over and ticket you with a misdemeanor for inattentive driving.
A strong criminal defense is based on the details of the case. Attorney Martens is a detail-driven criminal defense attorney. He scrutinizes every fact including whether the charges reflect the actual behavior of the driver. Once hired, Mr. Martens can seek a reduction or dismissal of your charges, or he can work to minimize the consequences should you be convicted.
Aggressively Defending Clients Charged With Reckless Driving
Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye – often because one of the drivers was talking on the phone, text messaging or dealing with a misbehaving child. Often enough, accidents or traffic violations occur simply because the driver is sleepy or his mind wanders. Failing to pay proper attention when driving is not the same as reckless driving, and it should not be charged as such. A specific reason is needed to charge someone with reckless driving as opposed to carelessness.
Factors justifying a reckless driving charge can include:
- Driving at a speed likely to endanger people or property
- Speeding in a school zone
- Crossing a barrier line indicating a sight-restricted area
- Dangerously cutting off another driver
- Evidence of road rage
If you have been charged with reckless driving, attorney Martens will carefully review any witness statements and the police report to understand your driving pattern at the time of the arrest. He may seek to have your charges reduced to inattentive driving or to have your charges dismissed. If it is in your interest, he is an experienced trial lawyer who can fight for an acquittal in court.
Contact Our Firm To Discuss Your Case For Free
Protect your future and your driver’s license. Contact Martens Law Office, P.C., in Boise, Idaho, today to schedule a free initial consultation. Just call 208-435-1132 or submit an online contact form.