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Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is often defined as a mental state in which the driver displays a wanton disregard for the rules of the road.

Reckless Driving Information

What is reckless driving

In United States law, reckless driving is a major moving traffic violation. It is usually a more serious offense than careless driving, improper driving, or driving without due care and attention and is often punishable by fines, imprisonment, and/or driver’s license suspension or revocation.

The impact on your record

The impact on your record that a reckless driving charge will have varies state by state. The differences are highlighted below on our state laws map.

Is there a difference between speeding and reckless driving?

Yes, there is a major difference between the two offenses that lies in their severity. Speeding is a minor violation that will simply go on your traffic record. Reckless driving is a very serious charged that will gravely affect your criminal record.

Can I represent myself?

Typically, for nearly every charge possible in the United States, you have the option to represent yourself. Self representation is NOT recommended for such a heavy charge because it could damage your future forever and it’s best to consult and hire a professional with experience.

Causes of Driving Fatalities

Driving Fatalities

Reckless Driving State Statutes & Penalties

Frequently Asked Reckless Driving Questions

Will a reckless charge affect my criminal record?

  • criminal record or police record is a record of a person’s criminal history, generally used by potential employers, lenders etc. to assess his or her trustworthiness.
  • After a receiving a background check, it is very likely that a DUI will show up. Depending on where you live, a criminal violation can remain on your record for tens of years.
  • The courts in your state will treat you as a “repeat” and “prior” offender until the charge is no longer on your record.

Will a reckless driving charge affect my insurance?

  • A criminal violation such as a reckless driving charge can cause extreme hikes in insurance premiums by hundreds of dollars.
  • You may be required to obtain certain insurance forms in order to certify insurance coverage based on your state of residence.

Will a reckless charge affect my driving record?

  • A criminal violation will have a serious and lasting impact on your record.
  • If your driving record contains a criminal violation, you are highly likely to have a severe increase in insurance premiums.

Can I avoid having a criminal record?

An attorney can play a huge role in preventing your criminal record as he or she has the power to provide the proper defense that can be the determining factor on whether or not you will be convicted for a criminal offense.

Can my charges be reduced?

Even if the charges against you cannot realistically be fully dropped, an attorney can very well find proper legal procedures and defenses to have the charges reduced to less severe offenses.

Can I prevent future consequences?

Criminal offenses can and will not only affect your driving record, but also your own personal record. With a criminal charge on your record, you are likely to fail background checks for potential employments or lease applications. By hiring an attorney for such a severe charge, you will have a far better chance at saving yourself from the long term consequences.

How Can I Find The Right Legal Defense?

Ask These Questions

  • How much do you charge?

  • What can you do to help my case?

  • How many years have you been practicing law?

  • Are you part of any legal associations?

Locating An Attorney

Word of Mouth

Word of mouth can sometimes be the best form of publicity because you won’t be swayed by advertisements. If you’re referred an attorney by a friend or family member that had previously hired them, you’re more likely to save time doing extensive research. Please note that all cases are different and results will vary.

Yellow Pages

Hardly anyone ever uses the Yellow Pages anymore, and chances are that if you’ve found our site you probably aren’t using the Yellow Pages. If you open the Yellow Pages you’d be surprised to see that there is a wide array of attorneys that still advertise in them. It can never hurt to open them and extend your research base for the attorney you’re looking for.

Local Bar Association

Your local or state Bar association can usually provide you with a referral to a specific attorney for a low flat fee of around $35-50 USD. Starting there can prove to be beneficial because they have extensive knowledge of the attorneys in your area that comprise the domain you’re searching for.

The Internet

Our team at Driver Defense would definitely consider the Internet to be one (if not, THE) best place to start searching. The Internet can provide you with virtually endless information on whatever matter you’re searching. The only downside about researching an attorney on the Internet is that there is so much competition that you will have difficulty sorting through the hundreds of thousands of advertisements and listings.

Received a reckless driving charge? Use The Driver Defense Attorney Network!

At Driver Defense, we wanted to bring users maximum ease when searching for an attorney. Our Find-A-Lawyer map allows you to locate all of our network attorneys in your area. You can find an attorney by either entering an address or by letting our system find your position. In order to view an attorney’s full profile, you must click on their name. Click here to see what the different color pins stand for.


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