Orlando Traffic Attorneys Handling Reckless Driving Charges
When you go 10 miles over the speed limit, you’re speeding. When you drive past a stop sign, you’ve failed to follow traffic signs. These traffic laws are very straightforward.
The charge of reckless driving isn’t nearly so simple. In order to be found guilty of reckless driving, law enforcement officials must demonstrate that you drove “in reckless and willful disregard for the safety of others.” What, though, constitutes a reckless or willful disregard?
At the Orlando, Florida, law firm of Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law, we can work aggressively to question police allegations of reckless driving. This is important because a conviction of reckless driving carries stiff legal penalties, including:
- Up to 90 days in jail or six months’ probation, plus a $500 fine. Penalties increase with property damage and personal injuries.
- A second conviction can result in a six-month prison sentence and a fine of $1,000.
Have you been charged with speeding, weaving while speeding or another driving violation that has been termed reckless driving? We have handled numerous reckless driving cases and can work diligently with the goal of having your charges dismissed or reduced to lesser charges.
“Reckless” Driving Is Subjective: We Can Work to Counter Reckless Driving Charges
Police officers can be quick to decide that the driving they saw was “reckless.” But was the speeding really reckless, or was it just speeding? And does the fact that another driver needed to swerve out of your way really mean that you were willfully endangering that driver’s safety?
One tactic in fighting reckless driving charges is interviewing witnesses. Witnesses can often provide testimony that counters police officers’ impressions that driving was reckless. For a no-charge consultation with an experienced attorney regarding the defense of reckless driving charges, contact our Orlando or New Smyrna Beach office.