“Racing on Highways” occurs where a defendant competitively drives a vehicle in a speed or acceleration contest, or engages in drag racing, or participates as a passenger or race facilitator. The offense carries penalties of up to 1 year in jail and a driver’s license revocation.
To prove the crime of Racing on Highways at trial, the prosecution must establish that the defendant:
a. drove a motor vehicle in
b. participated, coordinated, facilitated, collected monies at the location of
c. knowingly rode as a passenger in; [or]
d. purposefully caused moving traffic to slow or stop for
- a race, a drag race, an acceleration contest, a speed competition, a test of physical endurance, a speed exhibition, or an attempt to make a speed record on a highway, road, or parking lot.
Numerous defenses can be raised to contest a Racing charge. Depending on the facts and circumstances of each case, these defenses can be raised to fight the case at trial, or, if appropriate, to negotiate a plea to a lower charge or to a simple traffic citation. Racing is serious criminal charge with severe driver’s license consequences for even first-time offenders. Due to the numerous defenses available, a defendant should almost never plead to the offense. Call us today to for a free consultation to discuss all of your options.
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