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Reckless Driving in New York State

By Gannes & Musico, LLP  Jun. 13, 2011 4:09p

In the state of New York, reckless driving is a “catch- all phrase” for many different types of dangerous driving. Under the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, reckless driving is defined as: “Reckless driving shall mean driving or using any motor vehicle, motorcycle or any other vehicle propelled by any power other than muscular power or any appliance or accessory thereof in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway.” Reckless driving is a misdemeanor offense which will result in 5 points on your driving record. If you have been charged with reckless driving or any other traffic violation, contact a New York traffic attorney without delay.

Reckless driving charges are not dealt with at the Traffic Violations Bureau, where less serious traffic infractions are addressed. You will need an experienced traffic attorney by your side in criminal court to defend your rights. A reckless driving conviction can have a long-lasting impact on your personal and professional life for years to come. A conviction can nevertheless result in 5 points on your record, fines, possible automobile insurance increases, and a permanent criminal record. Furthermore, it is up to the discretion of the judge to decide if he or she wants to incarcerate you. Depending on the facts surrounding the case, your judge may prefer to incarcerate or, work towards a rehabilitative approach. In this case, you could be ordered to participate in a driver safety program, anger management class, or community service, in lieu of jail time.

New York Reckless Driving Defense Attorney

Much like drunk driving, reckless driving is one offense that is commonly committed by non-criminals with no prior criminal history. A momentary lapse in judgment can lead to a lifetime of consequence. If you were charged with reckless driving in New York, New Jersey or Long Island, contact a New York reckless driving lawyer from Gannes & Musico, LLP today!

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