Can a Criminal Record Be Avoided After a Reckless Driving Charge?

Charles V. Hardenbergh
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A criminal record can cause a lot of problems for people in the future. Every application that you fill out today will generally ask a variation of the following question: Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Of course, there is only one good answer to that question, and the only good answer is “No.” Now in some cases a person who is charged with reckless driving will be convicted of a lesser offense such as speeding, improper driving, or defective equipment. In that case, the answer to the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?” would be “No,” because even though you were charged with reckless driving, you were never convicted of the offense.

One key point that many lawyers do not know about is the plea. When your case is called, the judge will ask: “What is your plea?” In the past, it seemed like a good idea to enter a no contest plea, but one lesson learned is that a not guilty plea is always going to be the best approach in any reckless driving speeding case. The reason for this is not because we intend to challenge the evidence, argue with the police officer, or try and convince the judge you were somehow not guilty of the offense. The reason is because today, some applications will ask the following question: “Have you ever been found guilty of, plead guilty to, or plead no contest to a criminal offense?” Once again, the only good answer is “No.”