If you have received a ticket for reckless driving, do not think that this is something that you can ignore. A reckless driving conviction is a serious matter and one that can cause dramatic changes in your life. These charges can cost you big money, and even your freedom. Police all across the state and even right here in Mt. Holly, have taken an aggressive stance against drivers and often results in them issuing reckless driving tickets without the proper support for such a serious charge.
At the Law Firm of John J. Zarych, we represent clients for reckless driving throughout the South Jersey region including Mt. Holly, Camden, Atlantic City, Atlantic County, Margate, and Cape May. To learn more information and to learn how we can help you please contact our office at (609) 616-4956. We offer free initial consultations and provide aggressive and strategic criminal defense.
Reckless Driving in New Jersey
Reckless driving in New Jersey is legally defined as driving a vehicle in a willful or wanton disregard for the rights or safety of others and in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger another person or property. As per the statute for reckless driving, reckless driving means driving a vehicle heedlessly, in willful or wanton disregard for the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger a person or property. N.J.S.A. § 39:4-96.
One of the most common reasons that an officer will write a reckless driving ticket is when the officer feels that the driver was driving too fast for the conditions on the road. When there is rain, snow, sleet, or ice on the road you may have to drive slower than the posted speed limit to remain safe in your car. However, even if you are not exceeding the posted speed limit, this can be a reason for a police officer pulling your car over and then writing you a ticket for reckless driving.
It is important to understand that the prosecutor will have to burden of proving that you were recklessly driving. To do this, the prosecutor will have to prove that you were consciously aware of what you were doing and that you were aware that what you were doing potentially posed a risk to the public.
What are the Penalties for Reckless Driving?
If you are concerned about a reckless driving ticket, you are right to be concerned. A reckless driving conviction can cost you time, money, and even your freedom. Because of the severity of this offense drivers can face stiff sanctions from the court. Notably, drivers who are convicted of reckless driving for the first time can face a fine of not less than $50 and no more than $200. However, this is in addition to any court costs and fees. If a driver is convicted of reckless driving for a second time while driving on New Jersey roads, they will face even higher fines. A second conviction for reckless driving will require a driver to pay no less than $50 all the way to $500. Because of the severity of this charge, a judge is not likely to go easy on a driver who comes before their court twice for the same charge.
Regardless if you are facing your first or second reckless driving charge, if you are convicted or plead guilty you will have 5 points added onto your driving record. The more points you accumulate on your points, the higher your insurance premiums will likely be. In addition to facing 5 points for a single reckless driving charge; reckless driving is often charged with other offenses. One example of a common offense that accompanies reckless driving is careless driving, which carries an additional 2 points on your driver’s license if you are convicted.
If you are convicted of reckless driving or if you plead guilty to reckless driving, you will likely face heavy fines, and can even be sentenced to serve time in the county jail. In addition, you may have your license suspended or face probation. Because there is the potential for such drastic penalties, you should consider working with an experienced attorney who may be able to help you have your charges lowered or even dismissed.
Let Our Skilled Criminal Defense Attorneys Handle Your Reckless Driving Case
If you are facing reckless driving charges after spending time in the Atlantic City area, the strategic and experienced lawyers of the Law Firm of John J. Zarych can fight for you. We are experienced in standing up to prosecutors and will pursue a legal strategy that is likely to result in the reduction or elimination of the penalties you face. To schedule a free and confidential initial consultation for your reckless driving ticket or citation call our firm at (609) 616-4956 or contact us online today.