Illegal Street Racing
Automobile racing has been around since the invention of the car, and many auto companies strive to build high-performance machines that appeal to the consumer who likes power and pick-up in his or her automobile. Along with high-performance vehicles comes the temptation to race against other drivers, a dangerous action that can result in serious injury to the driver or others and in many cases may result in criminal prosecution.
Over the past decade, law enforcement officers have seen a steady increase in the number of arrests made for illegal street racing. Dangerous activity like this often takes place on city streets, neighborhoods, and parking lots around the U.S. Because of the dangerous speeds and high-likelihood of accidents or crashes, street racing is illegal in nearly every city and state.
Individuals who participate in or aid an illegal street race may face criminal prosecution for their actions. This means that drivers caught racing may be apprehended, arrested, and jailed for their actions. In addition, the vehicle used in the race may be impounded for up to thirty days. If the vehicle has been modified with illegal parts of additions, the driver may face additional fines as a result. Criminal charges may be filed against the driver and punishments may range from fines and probation to incarceration in a state jail facility.
If a person causes the death of another individual due to participation in a street race, he or she may face criminal homicide charges. Such charges may claim that the individual who participated in the race unintentionally caused the deceased to lose his or her life. It is important to realize that serious charges and consequences may arise from street racing.
Many people understand that participating in an street-race is illegal, but many are not aware that assisting with the organization or act of a street race can bring criminal charges as well. This means that people who help the race get started or help “block off” sections of the road for a race may be charged with crimes as well as those who are driving.
If you have been wrongly charged with participating in or helping set up an illegal street race, you have the right to defend yourself against the criminal charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to help you resolve your case in a satisfactory manner. If you would like to know more about illegal street racing and defending against criminal charges, visit the website of the Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis.