Friday, November 22, 2013

Street Racing in Las Vegas

Street racing is categorized as a reckless driving offense in the state of Nevada because it involves operating a vehicle in a way that displays willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others. It doesn't matter whether the race occurred on a highway, in a residential area, or when no one else was on the road; if you participated in an illegal drag race, you could face criminal charges.

Street racing can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony offense, depending upon the factors involved in the incident and the defendant’s criminal record.

Misdemeanor Street Racing Penalties
Street racing is charged as a misdemeanor if the offense did not lead to any deaths or injuries. Sentencing will depend upon whether you were convicted of illegal racing in the past, and can include the following:

First Offense
  • Fines of $250 to $1,000
  • License suspension for 6 months to 2 years
  • Impoundment of the car used in the race for 15 days
  • 50 to 99 hours of community service
  • Incarceration in county jail for a maximum of 6 months
Second Offense
  • Fines of $1,000 to $1,500
  • License suspension for 6 months to 2 years
  • Impoundment of the car used in the race for 30 days
  • 100 to 199 hours of community service
  • Incarceration in county jail for a maximum of 6 months
Third Offense and Subsequent Offenses
  • Fines of $1,500 to $2,000
  • License suspension for 6 months to 2 years
  • Impoundment of the car used in the race for 30 days
  • Incarceration in county jail for a maximum of 6 months

Felony Street Racing Penalties
Street racing is charged as a felony offense if the incident caused a victim to suffer substantial bodily injury or led to fatality. Sentencing for felony street racing generally includes:
  • Fines of $2,000 to $5,000
  • Incarceration in state prison for a minimum of 1 year to a maximum of 6 years
If you were arrested for street racing in Las Vegas or Clark County, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced defense team at De Castroverde Law Group. Visit our website to learn more about the importance of hiring a criminal lawyer for your case.