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Rhode Island criminal law defines Reckless Driving as operating a motor vehicle so that “lives or safety of the public might be endangered.” Reckless Driving may also be charged under Eluding, which is characterized as “an attempt to elude or flee from a traffic officer or police vehicle.” State laws consider Reckless Driving to be a misdemeanor, unless there has been a previous conviction (where jail and/or a suspended sentence is imposed).

What is Reckless Driving?
§ 31-27-4 Reckless driving and other offenses against public safety.

Any person who operates a motor vehicle recklessly so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered, or operates a vehicle in an attempt to elude or flee from a traffic officer or police vehicle, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor for the first conviction and a felony for the second and each subsequent conviction.

  • Driving significantly above the posted speed limit
  • Racing with other vehicles
  • Failing to abide by the rules of the road
  • Unsafe lane changing or passing other vehicles
  • Following other vehicles too closely
  • Driving under the influence of a substance
  • Speeding through school or construction zones
  • Failing to yield or cutting off other vehicles
  • Distracted driving, such as texting or talking on the phone

The most important thing you can do if charged with this crime is to get the best legal representation possible. Attorney Archambault has prosecuted and defendant 100’s of these cases. He knows how to best protect you from jail, loss of license and or heavy monetary fines. Keep in mind that if a driver is found guilty of reckless driving that injures or kills another person, in addition to any long-term loss of license and imprisonment, the driver can be held liable financially for the accident.

The Legal Representation You Need

Don’t roll the dice and take your chances with inexperienced counsel. Attorney Archambault will zealously represent you and argue your best mitigating facts. He will work diligently to ensure that every aspect of your case is considered. Your license privileges and personal liberty are far too important to trust with mediocre legal representation. To receive a complimentary case assessment and answers to all your legal questions, contact Archambault Law today at 401-300-0925.