Careless Driving and Reckless Driving are two terms that are too often used interchangeably yet both are separate violations, with different elements, and ultimately, different penalties.

Reckless Driving

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Careless Driving is the failure to drive “in a careful and prudent manner, having regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, and all other attendant circumstances, so as not to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.” The potential penalties for Careless Driving are a fine of up to $179 and up to 4 points on your license which could increase insurance premiums.

Reckless Driving is “driving any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property and/or fleeing a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle.”

Unlike Careless Driving, the consequences for a Reckless Driving charge are more serious and can be devastating.

  • First offense is punishable by up to ninety days in jail, six months of probation, and a $500 fine
  • A second or subsequent conviction is punishable by up to six months in jail, six months probation, and a $1000 fine
  • Reckless Driving causing property damage is punishable by up to one year in jail, one year probation, and a $1000 fine
  • Reckless Driving that causes bodily injury can be charged as a felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison, five years probation, and a $5000 fine

Regardless of the charge, Careless and Reckless Driving charges rely heavily on opinion of what the witness observed, whether it be the officer who witnessed the driving pattern or a civilian witness. However, these observations may be inaccurate, exaggerated, unreliable, or even false. A good attorney, with effective cross examination, can point out these differences making it difficult for the prosecution to prove the charges.

Jordan Redavid has dealt with these types of cases with successful results by working to create litigation strategies that can minimize penalties, reduce charges, and even dismiss citations outright. Call him now to discuss your case. (305) 938-9939.

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