Reckless driving charges are levied at an individual when they display "willful or wanton disregard" for the safety of others while driving, according to Florida statutes. It does not pertain to any particular action the driver committed, but is related more to the "state of mind" of the driver at the time of being stopped, as there is often no accident or other incident that occurred to obviously prove guilt. A reckless driving conviction will result in 4 points on your driving record, and other penalties may apply as well. A first offense can carry up to 90 days in jail and up to $500 in fines. A second offense brings a jail sentence of up to six months and a $1000 fine. If alcohol was believed to be a factor in your reckless driving offense, you may also face a mandatory substance abuse program. Failure to complete the program can result in a suspension of your driver's license. If you have been charged with reckless driving, then it is highly advised you contact a Tampa traffic offenses attorney. They can represent you in court and may be able to get your charges lessened or eliminated.
A reckless driving conviction can have significant consequences for an individual, such as increased insurance premiums, the possibility of license suspension, and a criminal record. Because there is somewhat of a subjective nature to these charges, it is important to have a seasoned attorney by your side that can fight for you and possibly help you avoid such consequences. Taracks & Associates is an experienced criminal defense firm who has represented many individuals in their traffic offense cases. We can investigate your reckless driving charges, and determine if your rights were violated at any point when being stopped. We will do our utmost to expose any mistakes or errors made by the officer who stopped you to your possible benefit in the outcome of your case.
Contact a Tampa Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer if you have been charged with reckless driving and require legal assistance in your case.