Reckless Driving
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Reckless Driving

Reckless driving goes beyond speeding or careless driving. Under Florida law, a person charged with reckless driving is accused of showing a willful disregard for Florida’s traffic laws and the safety of other motorists. If you have been accused of reckless driving in Melbourne or the surrounding areas, you must get legal representation. A conviction for reckless driving charges can result in license suspension, excessive fines or even jail time.

Only an experienced Melbourne criminal defense attorney familiar with traffic crimes can help you build a viable defense to these charges.

Melbourne Reckless Driving Lawyer

At the  Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC, we are experienced in representing clients charged with many different traffic violations. Due to the severe consequences to your driving and criminal records, it is strongly recommended that you hire an attorney at the Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC to defend your reckless driving case. Contact our offices at (321) 253-3447 to find out how we can help you with your reckless driving case.

Reckless Driving Under Florida Law

Florida Statutes §316.192, reckless driving is defined as operating a motor vehicle with a complete disregard for the safety of people or property. Examples of a motor vehicle include a car, truck or motorcycle.

It is also important to note that fleeing from a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle is automatically considered reckless driving. It is not necessary to get into a high-speed chase with a police officer; just the refusal to heed the officer’s order to stop and pull over can result in a reckless driving charge.

Punishments for Reckless Driving Conviction

The punishments for reckless driving depend greatly on whether it is a first or subsequent offense and whether or not property damage occurred.

For a first time conviction of reckless driving, the penalties are:

  • Not more than 90 days in jail
  • A fine between $25 and $500
  • Four points added to your driver’s license

For a second and subsequent conviction or reckless driving, the penalties are:

  • Not more than 6 months in jail
  • A fine between $50 and $1000
  • Possible impounding of your vehicle

If you are accused of reckless driving and property damage resulted as a result of your alleged reckless driving, the penalties are as follows:

  • Maximum fine of $1000
  • Maximum of one year in jail

If you are accused of reckless driving and serious bodily harm resulted, then the following penalties apply:

  • Maximum fine of $1000
  • Up to 5 years in Florida state prison

Serious bodily harm is defined under the statute as an injury to another person which creates a substantial risk of death, permanent disability or permanent physical disfigurement.

In addition to the fines, an extra $5 will be imposed and that $5 will go to the Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund set up by the Florida Department of Revenue. Also if alcohol or other substances were suspected to have contributed to your reckless driving behavior, the court may direct you to attend a DUI program.

A criminal defense attorney can help you get these reckless driving charges reduced greatly or dismissed altogether.


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 Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC | Reckless Driving Ticket in Brevard County

If you are charged with reckless driving in Brevard County, contact the  Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC at (321) 253-3447 to receive a consultation about your case. A conviction for reckless driving can cause damage to your driving record and create an unwanted criminal record. Once you outline the facts of your case to our Melbourne traffic defense lawyers, we can begin creating a defense to either get these reckless driving charges dismissed or greatly reduced.

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