How to Define Exhibition of Speed
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Were you cited with an infraction stating you committed “exhibition of speed?” Typically, this occurs if an individual is caught competitively speeding against a different vehicle on a highway. The ticket can be a huge financial and time burden, especially if paired with a DUI. Let’s take a look at what “exhibition of speed” means, the ensuing consequences, and how to potentially defend yourself.
Exhibition of speed refers to violating California VC 23109, where you can be found guilty of violating the speed contest law by racing another vehicle on a roadway or racing against a timed clock. This vehicle code essentially outlaws “street racing” and “drag racing.” Exhibition of speed is considered a form of reckless driving: “when a person drives a vehicle at a rate of speed or in a manner that shows disregard for the safety of people and property.” Initially, exhibition of speed citations required that multiple cars were present, along with a spectating audience. Initiatives to apprehend a higher number of drag racers have led to these requirements being tossed aside.
Presently, exhibition of speed takes on a broad definition of “displaying an unlawful amount of speed on public streets or highways while operating a motor vehicle.” Other factors are often debated as necessary for this infraction, however. These include the screeching of tires, deliberate attempts to entertain the public or attract their attention, and unnecessarily risky driving that endangers the public.
For an exhibition of speed violation, you may be charged with a mere infraction, or a serious misdemeanor. This is up to the prosecutor’s discretion, and usually revolves around how threatening you were to the safety of the public. Street racing is typically a large threat to the public, so these violations are usually misdemeanors. That being said, it is in your best interest to do everything you can to only receive an infraction—just take a look at the list of exhibition of speed misdemeanor consequences:
Plain and simple, this is a ticket you want to get out of. Anti-racing and exhibition of speed regulations are broad, relative to other California vehicle codes. This creates a defensive opportunity in fighting exhibition of speed tickets—many offenders are able to make arguments on the validity and applicability of the laws themselves.
GetDismissed produces results in fighting all kinds of tickets. Unfortunately, this list does not include exhibition of speed citations. Your best bet in fighting one of these infractions, is to contact an attorney. An attorney can negotiate on your behalf to try and reduce fines, or even to reduce the charges to a lesser infraction which could possibly qualify for traffic school.
We do however, contest infractions revolving around speeding, red lights, red light cameras, cell phones, signs (primarily stop signs), carpool violations, U-turns, out of lane violations, and commercial violations. If you receive a citation and have questions, contact us today.