15th Dec 2014
“Reckless driving” is a criminal traffic matter” quite distinguishable from civil traffic infractions like speeding, careless driving, running a red light etc.
It carries potential jail, a license suspension, eligibility for probation, and four (4) points assessed against a drivers license. In a way, it is comparable to other criminal traffic matters like “driving on a suspended” license and “leaving the scene of an accident. There will be a prosecutor representing the State. A conviction may make automobile insurance skyrocket.
The allegation requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a “willful and wanton disregard for the safety of person or property” so the prosecution has a significant burden of proof to establish.
If you plan to fight your South Florida reckless driving charge, you need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you have been charged. Without an experienced attorney on your side, you are at a disadvantage in challenging the case and keeping the repercussions from impacting your driving record.
Some people make the mistake of assuming that it will be too expensive to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight their reckless driving charges, however if there is an adverse result and their automobile insurance rates do skyrocket, then the costs for hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney become a very wise investment.