Client Charged With Misdemeanor Reckless Driving Pleads to an Infraction


Client was stopped and ticketed for excessive speed (more than 115 mph) and reckless driving (a misdemeanor). Client contended the vehicle was incapable of exceeding 100 mph and would not agree to any misdemeanor plea. McManis Faulkner retained an expert on automotive speed governors and tested the car at Infineon Raceway to determine its ability to exceed 100 mph. Tests demonstrated the car could not exceed 98 mph.

On the day of trial, after the test results were presented to the District Attorney and the Court, the client was offered and accepted a plea to an infraction of simple speeding. The client’s license was not suspended and no probation was required; the client only paid a modest fine.