Vehicle Code 23103 A, or 23103 A VC for short, is the statute that regulates reckless driving in the state of California. Breaking this law can result in very strong consequences if convicted. If you have been charged under 23103 A VC, you should hire an attorney immediately to fight for your best interests in court.
Vehicle Code 23103 A and Reckless Driving
This law bans reckless driving in California. However, what is reckless driving defined as? Unfortunately, the law is actually extremely vague. It simply suggests that any person that is driving with “wonton disregard” for the safety of others is breaking the law. This leaves the question of what wonton disregard actually is. In most cases, it should probably be considered disobeying the regular rules and norms of driving on the road to the point it poses a danger to other drivers or pedestrians. Despite this, certain activities like speeding typically are not classified as reckless driving. That is of course unless the speed used was so high that it was out of the norm for other speeders.
Due to the vague nature of the law, a lot of discretion is given to highway patrol officers. Even when the charge is given, the officer has discretion in how it can be done. The charge could be given in the form of a ticket that a person must respond to. Alternatively, the driver could be arrested and hauled off to jail. This of course depends on the circumstances of the incident. If a driver is drunk, for example, he or she will not be allowed to drive home.
How Is Reckless Driving Punished in California?
In California, reckless driving is classified as a misdemeanor. However, it is also a crime that results in harsher penalties for each consecutive conviction. For the first conviction of reckless driving, a person can except to receive a 90 day jail sentence, have their car impounded for a month, have their license suspended for a month and receive few thousand dollars in fees. A second conviction can result in 6 months in jail and a one year driver license suspension. However, the first conviction could be punished as severely if someone was injured in an accident stemming from the reckless driving.
Our Law Firm Can Help with a Reckless Driving Charge
Being convicted of this crime can result in things like jail time, huge fees and even a one year license suspension. It can certainly have a huge negative impact on your life. This is why hiring an attorney that does indeed have experience with reckless driving charges is important.
There are indeed ways to mount a successful defense in such a case. For example, if you were not actually the driver of the vehicle, you cannot be convicted of this crime. There may also have been circumstances that necessitated how you were operating your vehicle such as some kind of emergency. Overall, you need a quality attorney to present a proper defense to the jury.