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What Happens To Drivers Charged With Reckless Driving In New York?

When most people get traffic tickets for speeding, they may be irritated at the expense and the hassle but normally aren’t extremely disturbed about the ticket. However, if you get a ticket for reckless driving in New York, it should be taken extremely seriously.

If you are convicted of reckless driving, you will have a criminal record with a misdemeanor conviction. This is much more serious than a traffic ticket. If you are convicted of reckless driving, you will have a criminal record which could make obtaining a job more difficult.
If you are convicted of reckless driving, your punishment depends on how egregious your driving was, as well as if it’s your first conviction or a subsequent conviction.

If your driving was reckless enough, you may go to jail for up to 30 days for a first offense, and longer if it’s your second or third offense. You will also incur a fine and five points on your driver’s license. If you accumulate 11 points in 18 months, you may lose your driver’s license. Your insurance rates will also skyrocket as a result of a reckless driving conviction.

Therefore, because of the serious nature of the charges, it’s important that if you receive a ticket for reckless driving that you fight it. You may have several defenses to the charges, or you may be able to plea bargain to a lesser offense. It’s important that you discuss the matter with a New York criminal defense attorney to see what your options are.

If you’ve received a ticket for reckless driving, call the New York Defense Attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer at 716-542-5444. Our attorneys will be happy to help you with your ticket.