The Law in Plain English – Boca Raton ➔ Boynton ➔ West Palm Beach ➔ Jupiter’s Top Criminal Lawyer Joshua LeRoy, ESQ. on:Reckless Driving – F.S. 316.192
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A reckless driving charge is defined as driving, “in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property….” Speed alone is not Reckless Driving. I equate Reckless Driving with driving on the sidewalk, driving on the wrong side of the road, or ignoring all traffic signals and pedestrians.
Reckless driving is a hybrid misdemeanor which means its punishments do not strictly adhere to the usual first and second degree misdemeanor rules. A first conviction can be punished with up to 90 days in the county jail, whereas a second or subsequent conviction can result in up to 6 months in county jail. Remember a second degree misdemeanor is only punishable by 60 days in jail and a first degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail. However, the punishments for reckless driving charge can be enhanced if an accident results from the driving or if alcohol was suspected.
Often times obtaining a “wet reckless” (reckless driving where alcohol was involved) is the desired alternative to a DUI. The punishments for the two offenses are similar, but a DUI conviction has much more severe consequences on your driving privileges and insurance rates than a Reckless Driving conviction. Moreover, a DUI has a mandatory adjudication, whereas a Reckless Driving charge can result in a withhold of adjudication.
If you have been charged with Reckless Driving or a DUI and are hoping to be offered a Reckless Driving as a plea, call our office to discuss your case.
If you, or someone you know, have been charged with Reckless Driving in Palm Beach County (from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and up to Jupiter), or any of the surrounding areas use the form below to drop me a note. Let me know a bit about yourself, what’s happened, and a good time to contact you.
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