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In Alabama, reckless driving is a serious criminal offense.
Alabama’s reckless driving laws may seem a little vague and they deal considerably more with an officer's opinion and frame of mind than with the driver's behavior.
The offense of reckless driving is set out in Sec. 32-5A-190, Ala. Code 975, as follows:
Any person who drives a vehicle carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard for the rights or safety of persons or property, or without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property, shall be guilty of reckless driving.
Any moving violation in Alabama may lead to charges of reckless driving if the arresting officer believes you acted irresponsibly or are in violation of the above statute. If the police officer has observed a behavior which, in his professional judgment, suggests you paid no attention to the safety of people and property around you, he will cite you for reckless driving.
· A motorist rolls through a stop sign without coming to a full and complete stop and rear-ends another vehicle or hits and injures a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
· A freeway motorist crosses five lanes of traffic to reach his exit at the very last split-second and slams against a guardrail, breaking it and taking out two traffic signs.
· A motorist late for an appointment enters an intersection just as the light turns from yellow to red and punches the accelerator, hoping to beat the traffic and broadsides another car.
· A motorist attempts what appears will be a perfectly legal three-point turn and takes the first big left a little too fast and doesn’t quite make it and knocks down a street light and tears-up expensive landscaping.
In Alabama, reckless driving is a serious criminal charge, and conviction will have severe consequences. If a judge or jury convicts you of reckless driving, you could spend time in jail, and you will likely pay steep fines. You may lose your driving privileges depending on points and you will likely face premium increases or cancellation of your insurance.
If you have been charged with reckless driving in Alabama, you need well-qualified, experienced legal counsel.
Because reckless driving charges depend on the arresting officer's observation and professional judgment, and because the officer usually must rely on the driver's and eye-witnesses' testimony, a reckless driving charge leaves a number of questions unanswered. What was the driver's state of mind as he made his dangerous maneuver; did he genuinely disregard others' safety, or did he simply make a serious error in judgment? Was the driver malicious or just distracted? How well do different eye-witnesses' accounts of the incident correspond? Different points of view ought to yield different descriptions and diverse insights; do they? Did the arresting officer actually see the dangerous behavior, or did he reconstruct it from the evidence and testimony at the scene? How accurate and reliable is the police officer's assessment?.
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