From the annual Los Angeles Auto Show to the Fast & Furious movie franchise, Californians have a fascination with car racing. However, street racing on public roadways is against the law.
Street racing is defined as a “speed contest” in California, consisting of two or more vehicles racing against one another while being timed. Whether it's drag racing or drifting, any form of a speed contest threatens public safety, which is why it is heavily prosecuted.
A first-offense conviction for a speed contest is considered a misdemeanor, punishable by a jail sentence of up to 90 days, a maximum $1,000 fine, driver's license suspension for up to six months, and vehicle impoundment for 30 days. However, if a person suffered an injury as a result of a speed contest or if this is the defendant's second conviction, the misdemeanor results in a jail term of up to six months.
If a speed contest causes a serious bodily injury, it is a felony offense that carries a prison term of up to three years and a fine no more than $10,000. Keep in mind, spectators at a speed contest are also potentially liable for criminal citation.
Other types of crimes associated with speed racing include:
- Reckless driving
- Exhibition of speed
- Evading law enforcement
If you have been arrested for participating or watching a speed contest in Ventura County, call (805) 994-0560 to request a free consultation with Wilfert Law P.C. today.