I was recently cited for "Reckless Driving" on a California road and I
would like some general information about this charge and how it might
be handled. Clearly, the person who answers this question should
understand the traffic/civil laws pertaining to this offense and will
preferably have direct experience with this type of offense.
Details: The paperwork that the officer gave me notes the violation
as "23101/A/VC" (the A/VC parts are unclear, but that's what I think
it says), has the Speed Approx. as "90+", P.F./Max Spd. as "65".
Basically, the officer told me that I made a "multitude" of violations
that included an unsafe lane change, driving over a shoulder and
speed. The court date is set for 12/5 in Superior Court.
I just moved to Chicago about 4 days before the incident, but I still
had my CA drivers license. I was driving a rental car and had all the
* I understand that Reckless Driving is a "misdemeanor". How likely
is it that I can have this reduced to a lesser offense? I have only a
red-light violation on my record, about 18 mo ago (taken care of in
* Should I hire an attorney to represent me, even if I plead guilty?
* I disagree with some of the information, such as the 90+
speed…should I attempt to contest or will this make the situation
* If convicted of this misdemeanor, what are the implications. I read
that it will be on my record for 7 years, but will this pass on to
Illiois? Are there fees I'll be responsible for?
* I'm a travelling consultant and don't need a car in Chicago, so I
don't have personal insurance…but when I do need insurance, will
these be a big problem?
Thanks a ton for helping me out on this! Good background information
will help me make the right decisions as I move forward with this.