A reckless driving citation could result in high fines, increased insurance rates, the loss of your license, and even jail time. To find out if your ticket can be beaten, consult with an NYC reckless driving lawyer.
Anyone who’s had to deal with traffic court knows that it isn’t something you want to deal with again. However, what you may not realize is that in New York City, reckless driving won’t send you to traffic court. In New York State, a reckless driving conviction is an automatic misdemeanor—making it a criminal charge. To avoid high fines, license points, and even jail time, hiring a professional NYC reckless driving lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows may allow you to avoid these penalties and keep your record clear.
The New York statute states the following:
Reckless driving shall mean driving or using any motor vehicle, motorcycle, or any other vehicle propelled by any power other than muscular power or any appliance or accessory thereof in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway. Reckless driving is prohibited. Every person violating this provision shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
This means that there is a very broad brush that law enforcement can use to portray your driving as reckless.
Whether you’re driving at excessive speeds, swerving in and out of traffic, going the wrong way by accident, or running a red light, you could be considered to be driving recklessly and could receive a very serious ticket as a result. Because reckless driving can be so broadly defined, it’s important that you have an experienced NYC reckless driving lawyer on your side to make sure you get the best possible outcome.
Reckless driving charges carry serious penalties. If this is your first offense, you are facing the following penalties:
Once you hit your third offense for reckless driving, the fine is $1,125, you could spend 180 days in jail, and you can have five points added to your driving record. As points add up, you can even lose your license because of this offense. There are also court fees you will have to pay in addition to the fine.
Because there is such a broad definition of reckless driving, there is also a broad area of defense. An NYC reckless driving lawyer from our firm will know the ins and outs of the law and can help you fight your reckless driving charge in court. It is within your best interests to explore your legal options rather than just accepting the charge and its penalties.
Whether you think you are guilty of the reckless driving charge against you or not, an NYC reckless driving lawyer from the Law Office of James Medows may be able to help you get your charge reduced or dismissed. With the help of an experienced traffic lawyer, you could be able to keep your record clear and your insurance rates low. If you are facing a reckless driving charge, call or text our office at 917-856-1247 or fill out the contact form below.