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Question: I was stopped for speeding - the officer claimed I was going 82 mph in a 50 zone. I know that I wasn't driving that fast and she refused to show me the radar saying that she is not required to lock in the speed. Now I have to go to court since it is a criminal traffic charge - reckless driving. What are the penalties and what can I do about disputing her claim?
Reckless driving is a class 2 misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 4 months in jail, up to 2 years probation, and a fine of up to $750.00. In addition, your driving privileges could be suspended for up to 90 days. If you have a prior conviction for negligent homicide, manslaughter, or a DUI, reckless driving becomes a class 1 misdemeanor and you must serve at least 20 days in jail before you are eligible for probation, you may be fined up to $2500.00, and your drivers license will be revoked.
Consult with an attorney to determine the best avenue in disputing a claim.