Recently, a client came to my office after receiving a ticket for reckless driving in Colorado Springs. Reckless Driving in Colorado is an eight-point offense and carries up to ninety days jail. My client was upset because he spoke to the District Attorney’s Office and received an offer to plead guilty to Reckless Driving with probation and community service. There was no hint of being willing to offer a fine or reduce the points to something more manageable – just plead to the charge and be on probation.
Naturally, my client did not like the idea of having his insurance rates go up due to the reckless driving charge, having the stigma and inconvenience of being on probation, and the expense and time loss of doing community service. It was especially upsetting to my client because from his perspective he was innocent of any crime. He was not about to plead guilty to something he did not do.
Like all the best Colorado Springs criminal defense attorneys should do, I decided to look into the charges in greater detail.
Colorado Springs Criminal Defense Attorney Investigates
After attempting to calm my client down, I ordered the Colorado Springs police reports to find out what the evidence against my client was to have the District Attorney’s Office make such a harsh offer.
To my surprise, the case against my client was extremely weak. The law enforcement officer who ticketed my client did not witness the event. In fact, the only witness was a woman who said my client had driven in a reckless manner almost causing her to wreck her car.
The Officer got her side of the story and then came and asked my client if it was true. My client denied any wrongdoing, in fact, explaining to the Officer that the woman had been the one who was driving in a reckless and dangerous manner.
My client explained that the woman had flipped him off and then driven past him cutting him off. When questioned again by the Officer, the woman sheepishly admitted that she did flip him off (something she had forgotten to mention earlier), but insisted that my client was still driving recklessly.
Any guesses on who walked away from the incident with a ticket for reckless driving? My client!!
Weak Case For Reckless Driving
After realizing that the District Attorney’s case was extremely weak and that not even a competent and experienced criminal defense attorney in Colorado Springs could defend this case in court, I prepared for trial.
The good news is that the District Attorney, knowing the case was set for trial, agreed to dismiss the case outright. Unfortunately, my client had the stress and inconvenience of court and the frustration of not being believed.