Do I need a lawyer or can I defend myself/How could I defend myself?
3 attorney answers
Thanks for taking the time to post your question! Sorry to hear you are going thru this but good job taking this seriously and getting educated about the process. Between the reckless driving with 8 points and the excessive speed, 3 points, you could be facing a suspension of your license depending on if you have any existing points on your license, etc.
I suggest you reach out to a traffic attorney, like myself to help you navigate this. Most attorneys, myself included, offer free consultations.
Let us know if we can help!
All the best,
Brandon White, Esq.
Hello. I highly recommend that you consult with a private criminal defense attorney whom specializes in cases like this prior to your court date with the prosecutors. The judge doesn't have the authority to make you a plea offer, that would be the prosecutor and an experienced attorney would be much better at negotiating with them than you would be on your own. There are attorneys here on Avvo (including myself) who offer free consultations. Best of luck.
First of all, I'm surprised you don't care about losing your license, but at that alleged speed in a 35 zone, as you mentioned, this is the least of your concerns. If you also don't care about having a misdemeanor on your record for reckless driving then maybe you can ask for mercy and get no jail. However, with your prior driving record and an alleged speed in a city like Scottsdale, the prosecutor might ask for jail time. It's up to you but it is always best to have an attorney with you. If you can't afford one and the prosecutor wants jail time you will be provided an attorney at a low cost of a few hundred depending on your finances. Feel free to call for consultations from attorneys if you need further advice.