Orlando Reckless Driving Lawyers
Reckless driving is a traffic violation that is not taken lightly. Despite this fact, reckless driving is common among licensed individuals throughout the state of Florida. In areas prevalent with traffic from the influx of vacationing tourists and the daily matters of residents, reckless driving can result in serious injury to others, fatal accidents and revocation of driving privileges. At the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A., an Orlando traffic attorney can provide you with valuable insight on how reckless driving is perceived, treated and punished according to Florida law.
What Is Reckless Driving?
Reckless driving is the legal term used to describe driving practices that deviate from basic standards of reasonable care, concern and safety for others on the road. It is when drivers act in a careless manner. Reckless driving is considered negligent driving. Further, reckless driving is considered a serious traffic violation. If you have been convicted of reckless driving, it is advisable to contact a traffic lawyer in Orlando, FL.
Most, if not all, licensed drivers have witnessed reckless driving behaviors on the road at some point during their lives. Reckless driving can be seen in the form of drag racing and/or excessive speeding (especially during designated school and construction zones), failure to yield, refusal to follow basic traffic rules, running of red lights, distracting behavior caused by the usage of cellular devices, and poor maintenance of a vehicle (broken tail lights). These sort of driving behaviors are considered reckless because they threaten the safety and wellbeing of other individuals on the road. They go against basic principles and expectations taught to all licensed drivers.
Consequences for Reckless Driving
You should contact a traffic defense attorney as soon as possible if you are charged with reckless driving.
If the reckless driving practices of an individual does not result in the harm of another individual, the offense is typically viewed and treated as a misdemeanor. This means that if an individual is ordered jail time, he/she will serve no more than one year. Reckless driving may also result in costly fines, probation and mandatory license suspension.
Being Charged with Reckless Driving
The nature and scope of the penalty that is assigned for reckless driving depends on the same factors that govern how an individual is charged with reckless driving in the first place. The state of Florida evaluates the following:
- The presence of inclement weather conditions
- Time of day
- The presence and quantity of other people and/or animals inside of the vehicle
- The state of the vehicle
- The driver’s knowledge of the location
- The driver’s intent
- The threat to safety and/or endangerment to others
- Previous negative marks on the driver's record
Reckless Driving Charges Can Seriously Impair Driving Privileges
In most cases, a reckless driving charge may garner a 30 day license suspension. However, if reckless driving charges are accumulated close to each other, license suspensions may last three months or more. Reckless driving demonstrates a poor understanding of a driver's ability to operate the road, an even poorer respect and concern for others. If you have been charged with multiple reckless driving charges, you will need an Orlando traffic defense lawyer to advocate for you so that your license is reinstated.
Orlando Traffic Violations Attorneys
Contact a traffic violations lawyer in Orlando, FL at the Law Offices of Michael B. Brehne, P.A. for representation for traffic violations.