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Reckless Driving Charges & Penalties

When a person gets behind the wheel and is using public roads, they are required to drive respectfully and safely. If a driver is on a highway and intentionally disregards the safety of others around them, they may be charged with reckless driving. This is not a minor traffic ticket! Reckless driving is a misdemeanor and a conviction could result in up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 in fines. Not only that, but a person will also have 2 points on their driving record and potentially have their license suspended. This often results in insurance rates going up or complications with getting coverage.

What's more, if allegedly reckless driving results in an accident causing injuries or death, a person may be facing much more severe penalties, even a felony. Proving that an individual was guilty of reckless driving in court can be challenging, but often ends up becoming an officer's testimony against an individual's. That is why it is so important to fight reckless driving charges, rather than just accept them.

What is considered reckless driving?

A reckless driving charge is not just issued for breaking a traffic law, such as spending or failing to use a blinker. However, if these actions are excessive and put others at risk, it may be considered reckless driving.

The following are examples of reckless driving that could result in charges:

  • Going an excessive amount over the speed limit
  • Weaving in and out of traffic lanes in a dangerous manner
  • Purposefully running other vehicles off the road or limiting space
  • Dangerously tailgating or instigating other drivers
  • Attempting to engage in street racing

Other times a person may be charged with reckless driving is when alcohol is involved. An attorney may be able to get a person's charges down to a wet or dry reckless driving charge, rather than DUI. This is typically only an option for first-time offenders in borderline DUI cases.

Regardless of the reason you are facing reckless driving charges, you can call our firm for counsel.