Reckless driving conviction

Question: Do you get convicted for reckless driving after it happens? I was recently pulled over for reckless driving going over 50 in a 35mph zone. My hearing is in March. Is it possible to get arrested at that court date? It was communicated to me by the cops that I wasn’t being detained and all I would have to do is pay the fine if I was convicted. I went online to do so but instead I see two options for a preferred court date.

Answer: Are you sure you were cited for reckless driving?  If so your ticket would say VC 23103.  Generally that would require something more than just speeding 15 mph over the speed limit.  With no other factors involved (ie.  just speeding) and going 50 mph in a 35mph zone, you would (or should) be charged with a VC 22350 speeding ticket which is an infraction (ie.  no issue of potential jailtime).  If you are charged with a VC 23103 as a misdemeanor then jail time becomes a possibility.  But even if  you were cited for a VC 23103 does not necessarily mean you would be convicted of that charge, or that you would serve jail time if convicted of that charge.  I would recommend that you contact a defense attorney in your area as soon as possible to discuss your situation further. 

That being said, based on what you wrote, it sounds like you are being charged with an infraction offense as opposed to a misdemeanor reckless driving. Feel free to contact me to discuss your situation in more detail. 

Sincerely, Philip Hache, Attorney, 818-336-1384