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Reckless Driving

Driving recklessly is a traffic offense in Texas, but anybody who is charged with this crime should not assume that it simply results in a citation. Unlike a speeding ticket, this is a criminal offense that can result in much more serious penalties.

There are several immediate and long-term consequences if a motorist is convicted for this offense. For this reason, it is important for any alleged offender facing this charge to make sure he or she has a strong legal defense.

Austin Reckless Driving Lawyer

If you have been accused of with this crime in Texas, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Kevin Bennett works tirelessly for clients all over Travis County towards getting the best possible resolution of your case.

The Law Office of Kevin Bennett helps people charged with crimes in Austin, Lakeway, West Lake Hills, Pflugerville, Lago Vista, Bee Cave, and Sunset Valley. Call (512) 476-4626 for a free consultation today to discuss your legal options.

Travis County Reckless Driving Information Center

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Reckless Driving

Under Texas Transportation Code § 545.401, a person commits this offense if he or she drives a vehicle in wilful  disregard for the safety of persons or property. A driver may be cited for this offense at any of the following locations:

  • A private access way or parking area provided for a client or patron by a business, other than a private residential property or the property of a garage or parking lot for which a charge is made for the storing or parking of motor vehicles
  • A highway or other public place 

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Reckless Driving Penalties in Travis County

This is a misdemeanor offense, and a person who is convicted may face the following penalties:

  • Fine of up to $200
  • Up to 30 days in county jail
  • Increased car insurance rates
  • License suspension
  • Points assessed under Texas Driver Responsibility Program
  • Annual Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Driver Responsibility Surcharges

Examples of Reckless Driving are speeding way over the speed limit, weaving in and out of traffic lanes, drag racing on the highway and running red lights.

If you flee when an officer is trying to stop you for such an offense you can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor.

However it is a Class A misdemeanor if the person, in the commision of the offense, recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.

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Texas Driver Responsibility Program Impact of Reckless Driving

Under the Driver Responsibility Program, DPS is authorized to assess surcharges to people who traffic convictions and points assessed for those convictions. Points remain on a person’s driver record for three years from the date of conviction, and they are assigned as follows:

  • Two Points — Any Texas or out-of-state traffic conviction.
  • Three Points — Any Texas or out-of-state traffic conviction that resulted in a crash.

Under Texas Transportation Code §521.292(a)(3), DPS may suspend a person’s driver’s license is deemed a habitual violator of the traffic laws. Texas Transportation Code §521.292(b) states that a person can be classified as a habitual violator if he or she has either:

  • Four or more convictions that arise out of different transactions in 12 consecutive months
  • Seven or more convictions that arise out of different transactions in 24 months

People with six or more points on their driving record are accessed a surcharge every year they have six or more points. DPS will assess a surcharge of $100 for the first six points on a person’s driver record and $25 for each additional point after six. Surcharges need be paid within 105 days or the person’s driver license will be suspended until an installment agreement is established or all surcharges and related costs are paid in full.

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Find the Best Reckless Driving Lawyer in Austin

Have you recently been charged with driving recklessly in Travis County? The Law Office of Kevin Bennett defends people accused of this offense all over the greater Austin area, including Cherrywood, Rosedale, University Hills, and North Loop.

Kevin Bennett aggressively defends Texans against several types of serious traffic offenses and is committed to achieving the most favorable outcome in these cases. Let him provide a complete evaluation of your case to help you understand all of your legal options by calling (512) 476-4626 right now to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.


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