Traffic offenses range from the mild to the severe, with drivers being ticketed for anything from speeding to DUI to reckless driving. When your driving privileges are at stake, it is important to know how the law applies to your driving habits and what types of punishments are in store for those who violate the rules of the road. Most all of us know that if you drive too fast you can get a ticket for speeding. But what most people are not aware of is the need to defend nearly every type of ticket written, even one for driving just a few miles over the limit. Doing so will keep harmful points off of your driving record, which helps you keep your driver’s license in your back pocket and your auto insurance rates low.
When the charges move from speeding to more serious offenses, like DUI or reckless driving, you have to offer an even more aggressive defense. With a DUI you may have heard that you will need to have an interlock device installed in your car or that you have to challenge the revocation of your license quickly or go without, but not as many people are as familiar with reckless driving charges. In fact, it is a common thought that reckless driving is simply driving a certain amount over the speed limit. But here are three things you may not know, but should, about reckless driving in Florida:
- If you operate a vehicle in a way that is deemed a willful disregard for the safety of others, you can be charged with reckless driving. This is more than just going 20 mph over the speed limit, and might include texting while driving or otherwise failing to pay attention while behind the wheel.
- Depending on whether there are injuries and whether this is your first reckless driving charge, the case could include time in jail as part of your punishment. This is a criminal matter, and is different from careless driving which is a civil action.
- Proof of the actions that are considered “reckless” have to be presented when charges of this kind are filed against you, and this is a good spot for the defense to show that the driver was not acting recklessly.
It can be difficult to offer the type of evidence needed for a conviction, but that does not mean you should take the matter lightly. If you or a loved one has been ticketed for reckless driving, let us help. Call our office today to discuss your case, and learn what steps to take next to protect your license and your freedom. Call our office and let us help you today.
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