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Under Florida Law, any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. The State may also file a reckless driving charge in cases where an individual flees a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle.

Punishments for a Florida Reckless Driving Charge
The punishments for reckless driving are harsh and this charge can have a devastating impact on your future. Under Florida Law, a first-time reckless driving conviction can result in up to 90 days imprisionment and a $500 fine. On a second conviction, you may receive up to six months imprisonment and a fine of up to $1000.00. In addition to the above-mentioned penalties, drivers may be placed on probation, be required to complete a driving course (up to 12 hours in person), and / or complete community service hours.

Whenever I defend an individual charged with reckless driving, my goal is to minimize the impact of the charge by negotiating a reduction or dismissal of the charge itself and the penalties sought by the State Attorney. The punishments for this offense vary greatly among the Tampa Bay counties and you should never enter a guilty or no contest plea until you have had a Tampa Traffic Attorney review your case and exhaust every reasonable tactic to get your charge reduced or dismissed.

Reckless Driving is a Serious Offense
If you have been charged with reckless driving, it is important that you discuss your case with an experienced traffic attorney who can assess the possible defenses to your charge. Many times, police officers will issue a citation for reckless driving, even when the acts alleged on the citation do not meet the criteria for reckless driving, but rather a lesser civil traffic offense. However, if your charge cannot be dismissed or reduced, it is important that your attorney negotiate a disposition where adjudication is withheld, so that you are not formally convicted of this offense.

Reckless driving charges can be extremely damaging to those individuals who drive for a living, especially in a commercial vehicle. This type of charge can result in higher insurance premiums and possibly being dropped from your insurance policy due to being classified as a high risk driver. I will fight to get your charge dismissed or reduced in an effort to protect your license and insurance, please call me for a free consultation to discuss your case.

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