Jacksonville Reckless Driving Lawyers
SHORSTEIN, LASNETSKI, & GIHON
helps people defend against
Reckless Driving charges
Any criminal traffic conviction can have a negative effect on your driving record. In some cases, it can cause your driver's license to be suspended or revoked. Most people can't afford to lose their license. A reckless driving conviction is also a criminal conviction which will remain on your criminal record. A criminal record can affect your ability to get or retain a job, rent an apartment, and is otherwise accessible to the general public on the internet. Avoiding a reckless driving conviction is particularly important for those who drive as part of their employment. Call the experienced Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys of SLG Law to discuss your Reckless Driving charge.
What is Reckless Driving?
Reckless driving is defined in Florida Statute Section 316.192
. In order to convict you of Reckless Driving, the State must prove that you:
...drove a vehicle in Florida with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
Willful = intentionally, knowingly and purposely
Wanton = conscious and intentional indifference to consequences and with knowledge that damage is likely to be done to persons or property
Fleeing from a police officer in a motor vehicle is per se reckless.
What are the potential consequences of a Reckless Driving conviction? First Conviction
Jail - up to 90 days
Fine - $25 - $500
If alcohol involved
DUI course, evaluation and treatmentSecond of Subsequent Conviction
Jail - up to 6 months
Fine - $50 - $1000Damage to Property or Person
Jail - up to 1 yearSerious Bodily Injury to another
Prison - up to 5 years
Serious Bodily Injury = injury to another person, which consists of a physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of and bodily member or organ.
You can also lose your license to suspension or revocation depending on your prior driving and criminal history.
What are some potential defenses to Reckless Driving?
Typically, whether the driving was reckless, careless, or not reckless or careless at all will be at issue. A careless driving offense is a civil offense and not criminal. There may also be issues with the legality of the traffic stop, if there was one. Did the officer have reasonable suspicion or probable to stop your vehicle? Did the officer witness the driving pattern or were they relying on an anonymous tip, or a civilian witness? Every case is different and may present new and unique defenses to the charge of reckless driving.
If you have been charged with or are being investigated for
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