If you have been accused of street racing in Arizona, don’t feign ignorance and claim you were not aware of the laws surrounding this issue. Since street racing is illegal, you could be arrested and charged with a crime even if you were not aware of the specifics related to the Arizona laws covering this subject. Read on to learn more about how street racing is classified in Arizona and what it means for you.
Defining Street Racing
Street racing refers to situations where vehicle drivers make use of public roads to race one another. Sometimes these races might be organized and planned well in advance, but sometimes they happen with very little notice or attempt to plan ahead.
Under A.R.S. 28-708, street racing can be charged when any person drives a vehicle or participates in any manner in a race, speed competition, drag race, contest, test of physical endurance, or exhibiting speed or acceleration on any street or highway. You should discuss all the circumstances of alleged race and your arrest with your Mesa criminal defense attorney.
Penalties for Street Racing in Arizona
A first offense for street racing in Arizona has a somewhat broad range of punishment with up to six months in jail and possible fines up to $2,500. In addition to these punishments, the driver could also have his or her license suspended by the judge and be ordered to complete community service.
If you have been charged with a second racing offense within the two years following the initial charge, you might be looking at felony charges. A class 6 felony offense could include punishment of probation or up to one year in jail or prison time between four months and two years. Obviously, the more prior charges you have on your record, the less likely the judge is to reduce your sentence or stick with the minimums.
Handling a Street Racing Charge
As there is a fair amount of gray area related to street racing, it’s up to the prosecution to prove that you were indeed racing. This is a heavy burden of proof and one that can be argued against by an experienced Mesa criminal defense attorney. It’s in your best interests to contact someone for legal advice as soon as possible.
One important component of your defense involves whether a second vehicle was present or not for the alleged “competitive contest”. If you were not aware of the second vehicle’s presence, it’s also difficult for the prosecution to argue that you were knowingly involved in street racing. This is why it’s important to get help from an attorney as soon as possible after you have been charged.
Street racing might seem like a minor charge, it’s important that you protect your future by hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you in court. Given the stiff penalties listed above, it’s worth it to protect your future with a criminal defense attorney who understands how these cases unfold in Arizona.
This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please feel free to contact Mesa Criminal Attorney, Garrett L. Smith at 480-540-6021 log on to www.mycriminaldefenselawyeraz.com, or contact an attorney in your area.