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Reckless Driving Defense Attorney in Phoenix

Contacting an attorney is crucial if you have been charged with reckless driving in Phoenix, Arizona. At the Benikov Law Firm, attorney Alex Benikov brings over 14 years of experience representing clients from diverse backgrounds. Prioritizing a personalized approach, Mr. Benikov handles a limited number of cases to give each client his full attention. Contact Benikov Law for a complimentary consultation today for strategic representation.

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What is Considered Reckless Driving in Arizona?

In Phoenix, Arizona, the ramifications of being pulled over and issued a citation for reckless driving go beyond the simple inconvenience of paying a fine. Unlike some minor traffic offenses where a citation can be quickly resolved by paying a penalty, reckless driving in Arizona is considered a criminal offense. The consequences can range from jail time to increased insurance rates if convicted. Given the seriousness of this charge, anyone facing reckless driving allegations in Phoenix should promptly consult with a knowledgeable traffic violations attorney to craft a robust defense and mitigate the potential repercussions.

Arizona's traffic laws, specifically its provisions regarding reckless driving, are defined in A.R.S. § 28-693. This legislation states that any driver demonstrating a "reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property" is guilty of committing the offense of reckless driving. An intriguing aspect of Arizona's legal stance on this matter is the ambiguity surrounding the term "reckless disregard." This phrase is not explicitly defined within the Arizona Revised Statutes, thus granting the court's judge or jury considerable leeway in interpretation. 

Essentially, it's at the discretion of the judicial system to decide whether a driver's actions or behavior can be deemed criminally reckless. To better understand what constitutes "recklessness," you should view it as knowingly ignoring a significant and inexcusable risk.

In the past, Arizona courts have provided clarity on what might be considered reckless driving by upholding convictions in situations such as:

  • Accelerating to dangerous speeds in zones bustling with pedestrians, where the potential for harm is significantly high.
  • Blatantly ignoring road rules by driving against traffic either on a designated one-way road or on major highways is a clear hazard to others.
  • Erratic maneuvers like swerving dramatically to circumvent a pedestrian legally crossing at a designated crosswalk.
  • Utilizing a vehicle in an aggressive manner with the intent to menace or threaten other drivers or unsuspecting pedestrians on the road.
  • Engaging in hostile driving behaviors like tailgating (following too closely behind another vehicle) or brake-checking (suddenly applying brakes to cause a reaction from the driver behind).
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What Are The Penalties for Reckless Driving in Arizona?

Reckless driving is not to be taken lightly. Although it falls under the category of traffic violations, it bears a heavier weight as it is simultaneously classified as a criminal offense. This distinction has significant implications. If an officer stops you on suspicion of reckless driving, they possess the discretion to either cite you or, depending on the gravity of the situation and other prevailing factors, place you under arrest. Paying a fine, as you might for minor traffic infractions, is not an option here. You will be mandated to make a court appearance to address the charge.

Phoenix, in particular, has stringent regulations concerning reckless driving. It's categorized as a class 2 misdemeanor if you're found guilty. Such a conviction can lead to the following consequences: 

  • Potential jail term of up to four months
  • fines as much as $750
  • You might be facing a suspension of your driver's license for up to 90 days

The situation becomes even more serious for those with a prior record. If you've been convicted of reckless driving within the preceding 24 months, the stakes are raised. Under these circumstances, the offense is elevated to a class 1 misdemeanor. This shift in classification increases the severity of penalties such as the following:

  • Increased possibility of jail time, which can be up to six months
  • A mandatory 20-day jail term
  • A second conviction for reckless driving within this two-year window will lead to your driver's license being suspended for an entire year. 

However, there is a slight reprieve in that, after serving 45 days of this suspension, you can apply for a restricted driver's license, which might allow you limited driving privileges under specific conditions.


DUI Charges
Reduced to reckless driving.
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Not Guilty on all counts
Threatening and Intimidating
All charges dismissed
Reckless Driving
Reduced to a civil fine.
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If you face a reckless driving charge in Phoenix, Arizona, seeking legal counsel without delay is critical. By choosing Benikov Law, you're ensuring direct and consistent communication with your attorney and leveraging the expertise of one of Arizona's foremost criminal law specialists.

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Mr. Benikov only practices in the areas of criminal defense and DUI defense. This means that all his knowledge is focused on one area of law. Hire an attorney that only practices the type of law that will help your case.


Mr. Benikov is known for his excellent reputation in the areas of criminal defense and DUI defense. A lawyer is only as good as his reputation. When you hire Mr. Benikov, he will put his reputation to work for you. No matter if Mr. Benikov is dealing with prosecutors, other attorneys, or Judges, they all know his word is his bond.

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Mr. Benikov is at the forefront of ever-changing laws and works closely with his clients. Every year there are significant changes to Arizona law and Mr. Benikov works hard to stay on top of all the changes. Mr. Benikov prides himself on attending the best seminars to give his clients the maximum advantage. Mr. Benikov is at the forefront of ever-changing laws and works closely with his clients. Every year there are significant changes to Arizona law and Mr. Benikov works hard to stay on top of all the changes. Mr. Benikov prides himself on attending the best seminars to give his clients the maximum advantage.

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