Clackamas County and Portland Reckless Driving Defense Attorney

ORS 811.140—A person commits the offense of reckless driving if the person recklessly drives a vehicle upon a highway or other premises described in this section in a manner that endangers the safety of persons or property.

This is one of the most common charges that people are cited for. These charges can come about in many different ways, and are often a companion charge to Hit & Run or DUI. One of the reasons Reckless Driving is so common is because all it takes is a report from another driver, and law enforcement may decide to cite you for reckless driving, despite not having any other evidence.

The penalties for reckless driving

Reckless Driving is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $6,250. Reckless Driving also carries a mandatory 90-day drivers license suspension. Further, this is a crime that can never be expunged from your record.

Because these penalties are so serious, it is important to contact an experienced attorney right away. We have been representing clients charged with Reckless Driving for over a decade, with very favorable outcomes.

How are these fought?

Deferred Sentencing: A deferred sentence is an agreement between you and the prosecution. It usually involves pleading guilty and completing certain conditions. In exchange for the guilty plea and the completion of conditions, the prosecution agrees to dismiss or reduce the charges against you after everything is completed.

Violation treatment/Plea negotiations: Most misdemeanors can be reduced down to a violation. Reckless Driving in particular has a lesser included offense of careless driving that it can be negotiated down to. Doing this will avoid a crime on your record and a license suspension.

Trial: Anyone charged with a crime is entitled to a trial by jury. In the scenario of Reckless Driving, the prosecution will need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed each element of the offense in order to get a conviction.

How can an attorney help?

We have helped many clients beat their reckless driving charges. Examples include: negotiating to a lesser included offense, dismissal, deferred sentencing, and trial. It is extremely important to have an experienced attorney by your side when facing charges that could potentially affect your driving privileges.

Disclaimer: Nothing on this site should be taken as legal advice. For advice on a legal matter, contact an attorney. Contact Jared Justice at 503-722-3981 or

Jared Justice is available to practice anywhere in the state of Oregon. He focuses on practicing in the following State Courts: Clackamas, Multnomah, Yamhill, Marion, and Washington Counties. He also practices in the following Municipal Courts: Lake Oswego, West Linn, Newberg, Canby, McMinnville, Troutdale, Oregon City, Beaverton, Milwaukie, Gladstone, and just about every other court in the Portland area.