My name is ***** ***** I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.Reckless driving
is comprised of different types of conduct, and it's not always based on the speed a person was going. That's why the officer didn't write a speed on the ticket. Minn. Rev. Stat., Section 169.13
says " Any person who willfully compares or contests relative speeds by operating one or more vehicles is guilty of racing, which constitutes reckless driving, whether or not the speed contested or compared is in excess of the maximum speed prescribed by law."
The statute also says "Any person who drives any vehicle in such a manner as to indicate either a willful or a wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving." So, a person an be driving recklessly without speeding. I'm not saying that your son WAS driving recklessly - just trying to show why there's no speed on that ticket.
Reckless driving is a misdemeanor
, which is why he's not able to pay the fine
and avoid going to court. He's required to make an appearance so the judge can explain what he's charged with and give him the chance to plead not guilty and request a trial. Because reckless driving can carry jail time, if your son cannot afford a lawyer, when he goes to court, he can ask the judge to appoint one for him at no charge.
There's a good chance that his lawyer will be able to plead the ticket down to some sort of moving violation rather than a misdemeanor if your son doesn't have a criminal record. If he decides to take it to trial, the officer will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he was racing the other vehicle, and he'll be allowed to take the stand to testify that he wasn't.
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