Getting charged with reckless driving in Fort Lauderdale can feel nerve-wracking, but the traffic crimes attorneys at Rossen Law Firm are here to fight your case and defend your freedom and driving privileges. You do not have to face legal action alone – contact our team today to discuss your situation with a South Florida reckless driving lawyer.
What is a Reckless Driving Crime?
In Florida, Reckless Driving is the operation of a car in a manner demonstrating a ‘willful disregard for safety’.
As a South Florida attorney can further explain, Reckless Driving as a criminal offense may carry misdemeanor or felony penalties, depending on whether the incident resulted in serious bodily injury.
CONSEQUENCES OF RECKLESS DRIVING CRIMES IN FLORIDA
Consequences for reckless driving in Florida range from a second-degree misdemeanor up to a third-degree felony charge.
A first offense with no bodily injury or property damage is a second-degree misdemeanor with penalties of up to 90 days in jail or 6 months of probation, and $500 fine.
The second offense is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by 6 months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
When property damage or injury occurs, the offense is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail or 1 year of probation, and a $1,000 fine.
In the instance of serious bodily injury, the defendant faces a third-degree felony, with penalties of up to 5 years in prison or 5 years probation, and a $5,000 fine.
If you have further questions about the potential penalties of reckless driving in Fort Lauderdale, do not hesitate to contact an attorney at our firm.
RECKLESS DRIVING CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN SOUTH FLORIDA
If you’re facing a reckless driving allegation in Fort Lauderdale – you’ve come to the right place. Rossen Law Firm has extensive experience providing a compassionate and expert defense to reckless driving charges.
While these situations can feel isolating, many others have been where you are, and Adam and his team has helped them come out the other side successfully.
Give our office a call if you’re facing reckless driving charges. We’ll listen to your story, discuss the best course of action for you and see what resources may help you. One mistake shouldn’t have the power to ruin your life – and our South Florida reckless driving lawyers will fight to make sure it doesn’t.
Reckless Driving Defenses
Necessity: The driving pattern exhibited by the defendant must be intentional, knowing, and purposeful. Extenuating circumstances, such as a medical emergency, may be an effective defense to a reckless driving defense.
Speeding: Charges solely based on excessive speed alone are not sufficient to uphold a conviction. Unless there is evidence of other factors, speeding can be used as a defense to a reckless driving charge.
Careless Driving: The actions of the defendant must be willful or wanton in nature to uphold a conviction. Evidence indicating mere careless or negligent driving can be used as a defense.
Free Reckless Driving Criminal Defense Strategy Session
We handle reckless driving cases of all sorts in South Florida. Our firm knows how to protect your rights and provide you with a personalized and dynamic defense to your criminal charges.
We provide FREE strategy sessions so you know how we’ll work to get the best possible outcome on your case.
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