In Nevada, reckless driving causing death is a category B felony punishable by one to six years in prison and $2,000 to $5,000 in fines.
Reckless driving is defined by Nevada law as operating a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard of the safety of people or property on a highway or public premise. Reckless driving can include the following:
Reckless driving isn’t just being careless or negligent, but willfully endangering public safety. Examples of reckless driving include:
A defense attorney representing a client charged with reckless driving causing death could argue that the defendant’s actions didn’t rise to the level of reckless disregard of the safety of others. Evidence that may be presented in this type of case could include:
The defense attorney could also show that an intervening cause unrelated to the defendant’s driving caused the death. If the attorney can show that the defendant was driving negligently rather than recklessly, the felony charge could be reduced to vehicular manslaughter, which is a misdemeanor.
A category B felony reckless driving conviction can be sealed five years after the case closes. If the case was dismissed, then the case can be sealed immediately.
A criminal defense attorney may be able to reduce a drunk driving charge to a reckless driving charge. The defendant would have to complete the standard DUI criminal penalties, such as DUI School and a victim impact panel. The benefits of pleading down include:
A reckless driving causing death charge comes with serious potential consequences. Jail time and hefty fines will forever change a defendant’s life. That’s why it’s important to seek legal representation as soon as possible.
Thomas Moskal has experience prosecuting vehicular crimes cases in Nevada and knows what it takes to fight for the rights of a defendant charged with reckless driving causing death. Call Moskal Law today to schedule a consultation and get the representation you deserve.
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