The offense of reckless driving is much more common than most people think. Not only are individuals charged with reckless driving for high rates of speed but most accident cases end with the driver who is alleged to have caused the accident being charged with reckless driving. What is even more alarming is the penalties for reckless driving are very substantial.
Reckless driving is the same class of misdemeanor as such offenses as DUI and assault and battery, as it is a class 1 misdemeanor which carries a maximum punishment one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500. In addition, if you are convicted of reckless driving, your driver’s license can be suspended for up to six months though you will most likely be eligible for a restricted license that allows you to drive to work and in other limited circumstances. Most jurisdictions do not require a defendant serve jail time for a first reckless driving offense, however, some jurisdictions will require jail time if the defendant’s speed exceeds 90 mph or has other extraordinary circumstances. A reckless driving conviction can also affect your standing with the DMV as it is a violation that carries a significant amount of impact on your DMV record. Aggressive and competent legal representation can be a tremendous asset in avoiding the serious consequences of a reckless driving conviction. Whitbeck Cisneros McElroy PC attorneys have extensive experience in these cases and are successful in achieving favorable outcomes for our clients.