Drivers have a legal obligation to be safe on the road. This is not only to ensure their own safety, but also that of others sharing the road with them. If they fail to do so and drive recklessly, they can put their life and others in serious danger. In the state of New Jersey, reckless driving is defined as a violation performed by a driver that willfully and wantonly disregards the rights and safety of other drivers in a way that endangers people or property. Activities that are considered reckless driving are excess speeding, irresponsible lane changes, driving under the influence, and more. Being pulled over for any of these can lead to a reckless driving ticket.
Reckless driving is seen as a very serious offense in the state of New Jersey. Law enforcement and courts throughout the state are strict in penalizing those who violate the rules of the road. People who are charged with reckless driving can face harsh consequences.
Consequences of Reckless Driving
Reckless driving tickets are not similar to regular speeding tickets. The consequences of receiving a reckless driving ticket are more severe than that of a speeding violation. Drivers who are issued a reckless driving ticket can face the following consequences:
- 5 points on their driving record
- Imprisonment up to 60 days
- A fine up to $200
- License suspension
If a driver is found driving recklessly for a second time, they may face even more severe consequences than the first offense. This can include:
- Fines up to $500
- Imprisonment up to 90 days
- License suspension
When a driver commits two offenses or crimes at once, it is known as a combination offense. These can be common when dealing with reckless driving. For example, if a driver is speeding 40 miles per hour over the limit while they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they can be charged with a combination offense. This is also the case if the driver was involved in a criminal offense as well. In these situations, the driver can be charged for a DWI or the criminal charge in addition to the reckless driving ticket. An experienced attorney to work towards lessening the charges and any consequences they may face.
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If you or someone you know was charged with reckless driving and wishes to speak with an experienced attorney, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway today.