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In Florida, a person can be charged with reckless driving if they operate a vehicle in such a way that it shows a conscious and intentional indifference to consequences and with knowledge that damage is likely to be done to persons and/or property. Depending on the nature of the incident, the offense is either a felony or a misdemeanor, and is punishable by incarceration, probation, and/or fines. In some cases, a conviction can mean the loss of driving privileges. Because a conviction can have profound ramifications on your life, if you've been accused of reckless driving, it's crucial to retain legal representation. Fighting the charges with a skilled lawyer on your side can increase the chances of obtaining a favorable outcome.

For the sound legal counsel you need, turn to the Law Offices of Greg Rosenfeld, P.A. As a former Criminal Defense Investigator for the Legal Aid Society's Criminal Practice in Queens, Attorney Greg Rosenfeld investigated hundreds of cases and knows how to thoroughly prepare for these types of matters to develop solid defenses. He provides top-notch legal services in West Palm Beach and vigorously fights for those accused of crimes. When you choose him, you'll have a zealous advocate on your side looking out for your best interests and working toward obtaining a favorable outcome on your behalf.

To get started on building your defense, call (561) 902-1122 or submit an online contact form today. Your initial consultation is free.

What Constitutes Reckless Driving

Under Florida Statutes § 316.192, reckless driving occurs when someone:

  • Drives a vehicle, and
  • Willfully or wantonly disregards the safety of persons or property

An example of reckless driving is when a motorist is doing or attempting to do donuts on a street. This maneuver involves rotating the front or back wheels over each other, resulting in a circular movement that leaves skid marks on the road. If a driver loses control of the vehicle, they could harm a spectator or damage property. Thus, they may be charged with reckless driving.

The Penalties for Reckless Driving

As mentioned earlier, in Florida, reckless driving is either a misdemeanor or a felony. Several factors will determine what level it's charged at and what punishments are imposed.

The potential charges and conviction penalties include:

  • First offense
    • Second-degree misdemeanor
    • Incarceration for up to 90 days;
    • Probation for up to 6 months; and/or
    • A fine between $25 and $500
  • Second or subsequent offense
    • Second-degree misdemeanor
    • Incarceration for up to 6 months;
    • Probation for up to 6 months; and/or
    • A fine between $50 and $1,000
  • Reckless driving resulting in harm to another or damage to property
    • First-degree misdemeanor
    • Incarceration for up to 1 year;
    • Probation for up to 1 year; and/or
    • A fine of up to $1,000
  • Reckless driving resulting in serious bodily injury
    • Third-degree felony
    • Imprisonment for up to 5 years;
    • Probation for up to 5 years; and/or
    • A fine of up to $5,000

If a court determines that the accused was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the offense, it may also order the person to participate in a DUI/substance abuse program. If the individual fails to complete the course, their driver's license can be suspended, and privileges will not be reinstated until the program is completed.

Fight Back Against Your Charge

Depending on the circumstances, defenses may be available to challenge accusations of reckless driving. At the Law Offices of Greg Rosenfeld, P.A., Attorney Rosenfeld will thoroughly investigate your case, ask you questions about the incident to get a full account of what happened, and develop a defense tailored for your unique situation. He recognizes the impact a conviction can have on you, and he cares about the outcome of your case. That is why he will work tirelessly to protect your rights and freedom.

For aggressive defense in West Palm Beach, contact the firm at (561) 902-1122.

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