The Crime

Reckless Driving is a serious offense that can damage your record and your reputation. In Tennessee, a person may be convicted of the crime of Reckless Driving if the state prosecutor proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the person:

  1. Drove any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property; or
  2. Drove a motorcycle with the front tire raised off the ground in willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property on any public street, highway, alley, parking lot, or driveway, or on the premises of any shopping center, trailer park, apartment house complex, or any other premises that are generally frequented by the public at large; or
  3. Knowingly ignored a clearly visible and adequate flood warning sign or barricade and drove into a road area that was actually flooded.

If you have been charged with the crime of Reckless Driving, you should seek help from the Knoxville criminal defense attorneys at the Oberman & Rice Law Firm.

[Source: Tennessee Code Annotated § 55-10-205]

The Penalties

Under Tennessee law, Reckless Driving is a Class B Misdemeanor and may result in some or all of the following consequences:

  1. A sentence of up to 6 months in prison;
  2. A probationary period;
  3. A fine of up to $500;
  4. Court costs;
  5. Six points on your Tennessee driving history.

[Source: Tennessee Code Annotated § 55-10-205]

 Why Hire An Attorney Immediately?

It is important to act quickly in order to gather and preserve favorable evidence.  Certain witnesses need to be interviewed as soon as possible.  Key evidence (faces, dates, events, and conversations) fades from memory over time.  Also, video recordings and other evidence may be destroyed.  Therefore, it is critical to begin an investigation as soon as possible to ensure valuable evidence is not lost.  Success or failure in any criminal case may be determined in the decisions of the defendant and his or her Tennessee Criminal Attorney in only a few hours or days after an arrest.

Contact Us Today

If you or someone you know has recently been arrested, contact the Oberman & Rice Law Firm today so that we can begin preparing a defense for your case. Submit your information for a free case evaluation from our Knoxville criminal defense attorneys or call our office at 865-249-7200.