If you were ticketed for reckless driving, you could face serious and costly penalties. However, there are numerous defenses to this accusation. Here’s several your attorney might use.
You Weren’t Driving the Vehicle
First and foremost, for a reckless driving conviction, Atlanta police must first prove that you were the one driving. Usually, this is done by the officer testifying that you were in the driver’s seat. However, in accident cases, this becomes much more complex. Often, officers do not see the accident occur. If you were transported to the hospital before the police arrived, they may not have seen you in the driver’s seat. They may be going off of what any witnesses said. In which case, you could dispute these claims.
Radar Equipment Wasn’t Properly Calibrated
Police officers must show that their radar equipment was calibrated properly and working correctly when they ticketed you with reckless driving. Questioning the calibration or accuracy of the radar equipment can be beneficial when a reckless driving ticket is based on speed. If the police can’t show that their equipment was calibrated, those results can be omitted from court. Therefore, making the case against you much more challenging to prove.
There Was an Emergency
If you were pulled over and ticketed for reckless driving when you tried to get to the hospital for an emergency, you could have the case dismissed. For example, if you were transporting a pregnant woman in labor or you received a call that a loved one was in an accident and critically injured, you may have a viable explanation for reckless driving behavior. This is also an applicable defense if you continued to drive after a police officer signaled for you to pull over and you did not.
Contact an Attorney
A reckless driving ticket is no speeding ticket — it’s much more serious. You certainly want to contact an attorney to consult about your legal options. Contact the Kimbrel Law Firm today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case in detail. Call our office at 770-349-9219. We are available now to assist you.