In Hawaii, Reckless Driving is a petty misdemeanor that carries the possibility of a month in jail! Hiring the right attorney is crucial. Beyond jail, Reckless Driving carries other administrative penalties such as a license suspension and increased insurance costs. Just because this charge is a petty misdemeanor, doesn’t mean this case should be taken lightly. The prosecutor and the court will not take it easy on you. This crime is serious. You need the right lawyer to help you navigate this case from start through finish to ensure you get the best possible results..
Chances are, you are worried about being able to continue driving, getting to work, and living a normal life. The added stress of the uncertainty of a criminal traffic charge will only make that worse. Attorney Fayard is an experienced attorney that truly understands the stress you are dealing with, and he focuses his criminal defense practice on providing you individual service through proper guidance and counsel to help alleviate your stress while presenting your best defense.
In many cases, my negotiation on your behalf starts well before your first court appearance. I make it an office policy to contact the prosecutor’s office immediately upon being retained. Not only presenting your best defense to a Reckless Driving Charge, but making you more than just a file to the deputy prosecuting attorney. Having been a prosecutor in both Florida and Hawaii, we know how prosecutor’s think about cases. This knowledge and experience is used to your advantage.
Attorney Michael Fayard has extensive experience with criminal traffic charges having been both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. He knows how both sides form their cases. He can find issues with the State’s case, inconsistencies, and present mitigation to the prosecution that can result in a better deal or a reduction in charges, even if you’ve been charged with a higher traffic offense.
If he can’t get the charge dismissed outright, he will fight to get you the lowest possible charge. That might be a reckless driving plea if you’ve been charged with a higher criminal traffic offense. But, we will also work to reduce your reckless driving charge to a non-criminal traffic offense whenever possible.
The traffic court process can be complex, especially when there are so many options for charges and prosecutors are open to negotiation. We will fight for your future and try to keep your record clean.
Michael was co-counsel representing a maritime worker that was injured when a negligent employee struck him in the head with a bell hammer attached to a crane. Pre-trial offer was $0.00.
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According to Hawaii Revised Statutes Section §291-2, reckless driving of a vehicle or riding of animals involves operating a vehicle or animal with disregard for the safety of persons or property.
It is a criminal traffic offense. Reckless driving is often a charge that we seek when people are charged with other criminal traffic violations. However, it is somewhat vague and the right attorney can help you get the charge dismissed if the prosecution does not meet all of the necessary requirements.
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Reckless driving is a misdemeanor offense in Hawaii, and it can result in a jail sentence of up to 30 days and a fine of up to $1,000. It is also possible that your license may be suspended. Between three and six points may be applied to your license if you are convicted of reckless driving. And generally, you will have to get SR-22 Insurance policies—the same insurance required after a DUI conviction—and it can costs hundreds of dollars more per month!
There are many other consequences that can affect your life as well. If you drive for work, this could limit your eligibility to continue that employment. You will likely have to report the conviction to your employer and they may terminate you. You could also lose your CDL if you have a commercial license.
If you are in the military, you may face further inquiry from an administrative council about reckless driving charges. Attorney Michael Fayard can handle your administrative hearings as well as anything you have to deal with in criminal court. You should work with one attorney to manage your entire case instead of having to seek someone new when the military begins their query.
With experience handling cases throughout the Honolulu area or the neighboring islands, attorney Michael Fayard can quickly evaluate your case and develop a strategy to address your biggest concerns. You may be worried about your job, family life, and more. We understand and can help. Call Fayard Criminal Law today at (808) 445-6708 or use our online contact form.