Reckless driving is one of the most serious motor vehicle tickets in New Jersey and carries five (5) points if you plead guilty or are found guilty. Reckless driving is defined as driving in a way that willfully endangers others, and carries maximum penalties of up to 3 months in jail and $500 in fines. Jail time will normally not be imposed unless someone was seriously injured or killed as a result of the driving. However, it is not uncommon for municipal courts to suspend a defendant’s driving privileges as a result of a reckless conviction especially if there is a high speed or property damage. Depending on the circumstances, our defense lawyers are often able to get reckless driving charges dismissed, downgraded to a no point ticket or amended to a careless driving as part of a plea deal. A conviction for reckless driving carries certain collateral consequences such as DMV points which will be assessed on your driver’s license and a potential increase with your car insurance carrier. Examples of reckless driving include – speeding, racing, causing an accident, blocking the roadway, weaving, or not maintaining traffic lane. We represent clients for reckless driving throughout Mercer County and surrounding areas including Lawrenceville, East Windsor, Ewing, Trenton, Robbinsville, Hamilton, Hightstown, West Windsor, Hopewell, and Princeton. To learn more information about how we can help you please contact our office at (609) 683-8102 to speak with a lawyer at no charge.Penalties for Reckless Driving in New Jersey
Most reckless driving cases are associated with other offenses such as speeding, leaving the scene of an accident, and even DWI. Depending on the exact circumstances and details of your case, we will work with the municipal prosecutor and police officers to effectuate a reduction of the penalties. If for example your case involves a high rate of speed we will obtain and analyze the information radar equipment to see if it was working properly at the time of stop. Moreover, if your reckless driving ticket involved either property damage or personal injury we will work with the other parties involved. The court will normally take into consideration the extent of injury or damage and if the victim has been properly compensated before making a negotiated plea deal to lower your offense. If you have been charged with reckless driving, you can only make a well-informed decision about how to proceed after discussing your case with an attorney with the appropriate experience. To speak with one of our defense attorneys please feel free to contact us at our Princeton office by calling (609) 683-8102 for a free initial consultation.