Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving is defined in the  New York Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1212 as follows:

“Reckless driving shall mean driving or using any motor vehicle, motorcycle or any other vehicle propelled by any power other than muscular power or any appliance or accessory thereof in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway.  Reckless driving is prohibited.

Reckless driving is considered an unclassified misdemeanor offense.”

The penalties for a first time conviction of Reckless Driving is up to 30 days in jail, and/or a  fine of not more than 300 dollars.  The jail exposure and fines increase based on the number of prior Reckless Endangerment convictions.  In addition, a conviction for Reckless Driving can add 5 points to your driving record. Additionally, a reckless driving conviction can raise your insurance rates for years to come.

Some examples of reckless driving may include irresponsible U-turns, driving off the road (and onto a sidewalk, for example), driving the wrong way on a one-way street, exit/entrance ramp or highway and endangering others on a two-way street or highway by crossing over a double yellow line. Each case is different and the circumstances of each incident are important to your case. It is important to be forthright with your criminal defense attorney so that he or she can prepare a proper defense.

Many people arrested or ticketed for Reckless Driving don’t realize that they are facing potentially serious charges. It is imperative to understand that any conviction for Reckless Driving  would mean a permanent criminal record, which could have a permanent negative impact on one’s future.  Contact a New York Criminal defense attorney who can guide you through this process and protect your rights.  Call the Law Offices of Julie Rendelman, LLC at 212-951-1232 for a free consultation.