Reckless driving is defined as driving “in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Reckless driving can include excessive speed, following too closely, aggressive lane changes, and other driving behavior that creates a high risk of an accident. Unlike most traffic violations, reckless driving is considered to be a misdemeanor criminal offense and is punishable by up to 12 months in jail or a fine of up to $1,000. When faced with this serious charge, it’s important to contact a reckless driving lawyer in GA as soon as possible. The Fortas Law Group offers a FREE 24/7 Attorney consultation, call 404-933-1151 now for help.
What are the consequences of a reckless driving conviction?
Because reckless driving is a misdemeanor, you will be required to report that you have been convicted of a crime on employment applications, rental applications, and other forms. In addition to the possible criminal sanctions, four points will be added to your license. If you were under the age of 21 at the time of the offense, your license will automatically be suspended.
Can I be convicted of both a super speeder violation and reckless driving?
Speed is only one factor used to determine reckless driving, so it is possible that penalties for both reckless driving and the super speeder violation may be imposed.
Is jail a real possibility for a reckless driving conviction?
Many reckless driving convictions do not result in jail time — there is no minimum jail time and the 12 months maximum is standard language for all misdemeanors — but a jail sentence is possible depending on the case. Factors that may lead to jail time include repeat offenses, location (for example, near schools, construction zones, or residential neighborhoods), and whether other drivers were affected or put in danger.
What do I do if I was charged with reckless driving?
Unless you were involved in an accident causing injuries, you will usually be given a notice to appear in court. Contact our Georgia reckless driving attorneys as far in advance of the court date as possible to discuss possible defenses or whether you may be able to negotiate for a reduction to a non-criminal traffic violation.