Reckless driving is operation of a vehicle (car, truck, semitrailer) in any manner that shows a disregard for people or property, that may harm people or property, or is intentionally or unintentionally reckless.
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Under Wisconsin law, driving is a privilege, not a right. To determine who is afforded that privilege and who is not, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) maintains a 12-point demerit system. If a driver accumulates 12 or more points in one year, the DOT will suspend the driver's license for a minimum of two months or longer if the points were derived from an OWI - operating while intoxicated - offense.
[See "How to save your driver's license" when arrested for an OWI]
Reckless driving is a criminal offense. If you have been arrested for reckless driving, you should consult with an attorney immediately. For more information about reckless driving, please see [Reckless Driving].
A note of caution is warranted. While some attorneys may tell you that they do not plea bargain, but rather, they prepare every case as though it will go to trial, there are two important realities that are worthy of mention. First, all criminal cases in the United States should be handled as though they will go to trial; those rights are protected by the Constitution. Reckless driving is a crime. Secondly, in the instance of a strict liability crime, where intent is not in question and does not need to be proven by the prosecutor to obtain a conviction, the greatest advantages that a criminal defense attorney can provide to you if you are charged with reckless driving are in the pretrial negotiations - the plea bargaining for a lesser charge (such as speeding, which is not a crime).
The criminal defense attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood have won numerous outright acquittals (not guilty verdicts from trial juries), and because of their winning record and stellar reputation with judges, clerks, and the legal community, prosecutors often offer very favorable plea bargains to avoid a trial at which an attorney from Van Wagner & Wood might prevail.
If you have been charged with reckless driving, you are facing criminal charges. Those charges can be argued against, but it requires the intelligence and hard work of a very experienced criminal defense lawyer to detect the viable legal defects in such a case. The critical factor is time. You should consult with criminal defense attorney at Van Wagner & Wood right away. [See Reckless Driving]
Drunk Driving Offenses
From illegal police stops to illegal arrests, Attorney Tracey Wood has seen every type of drunk driving wrong (by police), charge and victory. She has won appeals to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals on cases that were thought impossible, such as a recent refusal case resulting from an illegal stop. [Vering Over Fog Lines] [Save Your Driver's License]
Operating After Revocation or Suspension
OAR - operating after revocation, or OAS - operating after suspension, is the operation a motorized vehicle (car, truck, semitrailer) after a person's license has been revoked or suspended due to another offense, such as drunk driving. For more information about OAR and OAS, please refer to the information pages regarding offenses for operating a vehicle after revocation or suspension and how to save your driver's license or CDL. [OAR: Operating After Revocation]
A homicide committed by the use of a vehicle, whether it is a car, a truck, or a semitrailer, is a Class A Felony in the state of Wisconsin. [See Penalties Class A Felony] [Vehicular Homicide]
Contact Van Wagner & Wood
If you are under investigation for a crime or drunk driving offense, if you have already been charged with a crime or drunk driving violation, or if you have already been convicted but believe your conviction or your sentence were wrong, call ( locally in Madison, Wisconsin, through Wisconsin) or e-mail ( ) the attorneys at Van Wagner & Wood right away. They will give you a brief but professional first-impression analysis of your case and your situation, which will allow you to take an important first step in defending the case against you. You can also submit information about a criminal offense investigation or charge or a drunk driving OWI investigation or charge for a free case review.