Dallas Racing Attorneys

Have you been arrested for racing, or engaging in a contest for speed?  Under Texas law, racing is a crime that can land you serious jail time.  In order to be charged with this offense, it’s not required that drag race.  If you’re driving down the highway, and you race (even for a moment) with someone who happens to drive next to you, you can be arrested.

Before September 1, 2003, racing was a Class C misdemeanor, punishable only be a fine of up to $500.  You couldn’t be sentenced to jail time.  However, racing is, at a minimum, a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a penalty range of up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $2000.

Depending upon the alleged facts of your case, the crime of racing can contemplate a wide array of punishment schemes.  If you’ve previously been convicted of racing, charged with racing while in possession of an open container of alcohol, or alleged to have been racing while intoxicated, the offense is enhanced to a Class A misdemeanor.  Under these facts, you can receive up to a year in the county jail, and fine of up to $4000.  Have you already been convicted twice for racing?  If so, you’re looking at a state jail felony.  You could serve from 180 days to 2 years in the state jail, and receive a fine of up to $10,000.  If anyone suffered bodily injury, the racing charge is enhanced to a third degree felony, punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison, and up to a $10,000.  Finally, if you’re charged with racing that resulted in the death of another, you’r looking at a second degree felony; an offense that carries a punishment from 2 to 20 in the state penitentiary, and up to a $10,000 fine.

If you’ve been arrested for racing, you need serious legal help.  Call the Dallas criminal defense lawyers at Berlof & Newton, P.C.  (214) 494-8990 or email one of our attorneys now using the “Get Legal Help Now!” in the left margin of this web page.  Each of our lawyers has over 15 years of experience in the practice of criminal defense law.  Free consultation.  Don’t leave your fate to chance.  We want to help you!  Se habla español.