In Wisconsin, street racing is not listed under a specific statute, however, that does not mean that you are able to street race legally. Instead, you could face several traffic violations such as speeding and reckless driving.
Speeding laws in Wisconsin are based on fixed laws—such as speed limit signs—but also on the conditions of the road at the time you are driving. Driving 60 mph on a road may be fine on a clear, sunny day, but at night in icy, rainy, conditions it could be an extreme hazard and illegal.
You may also be penalized for driving recklessly in Wisconsin, which is determined by several factors, including the speed you are going, conditions at the time, and whether or not you are a danger to yourself, others, or property.
At the highest level of speeding, there is a 15-day suspension of the driver’s license. You might also accumulate points, which can result in forfeiture of your license and hefty fines. If the street racing behavior can be shown to be potentially endangering to the public, then tickets for inattentive or reckless driving could be issued.
If the behavior rises to a level where a specific person is endangered, then criminal charges based on negligence and recklessness could be filed. Finally, if a person was injured, then more serious felony charges could be filed.
Depending on the specifics of your case, everything from a serious speeding ticket (carrying six points, 15-day license suspension and forfeiture) up to a felony recklessly endangering safety or reckless injury (carrying potential significant prison sentences) could be possible.
If you have been charged with traffic violations in association with street racing, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney right away. At Tracey Wood & Associates, we are prepared to examine every aspect of your case to build the most effective defense possible. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today.