Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer in Jacksonville
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In the state of Florida, reckless driving is considered a criminal traffic
infraction. Although it may not be as serious as a misdemeanor, such as a
DUI offense, it may still bring serious penalties and disrupt your everyday
life markedly. A Jacksonville DUI attorney from the firm should be contacted
so that the particular circumstances of your reckless driving infraction
can be gone over immediately. The earlier an attorney gets involved in
your case, the better chance you will have of avoiding harsh penalties
such as jail time, community service, fines, probation, traffic school,
and points on your driving record that could prove costly when seeking
out car insurance.
What is reckless driving?
Reckless driving is defined under Florida Statutes §316.192 as the
willful driving of a vehicle with the clear disregard for the safety of
others. An example of reckless driving would be fleeing from law enforcement
and leading them into a high-speed chase. Other examples of reckless driving
include speeding, weaving between lanes and aggressive driving behaviors,
such as tailgating.
For a first time conviction of reckless driving, a defendant will find
themselves facing penalties such as up to 90 days of imprisonment and/or
a fine between $25 and $500. A second conviction can be penalized by up
to six months of imprisonment and/or a fine between $50 and $1,000.
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In some DUI cases, a defense lawyer may seek to reduce the charge from
drunk driving to reckless driving. While there can still be penalties,
the reduction in charges will result in a similar reduction in consequences.
Our Jacksonville DUI lawyers have helped clients to reduce DUI charges
to reckless driving, as well as to avoid conviction altogether many times
in the past. If the conviction is unavoidable, a skilled attorney may
still be able to help you to greatly lessen the penalties involved. A
key element of reckless driving convictions lies in the police officer's
reports. Law enforcement is not infallible and they do make mistakes when
it comes to descriptions of driving behavior.
Our defense team has been able to expose holes in the police report and
contradictions in testimony that greatly affect the prosecution's
ability to convict the defendant. When we take on a case, we thoroughly
review every aspect of what occurred in order to build an extremely strong
defense case. We have over 90 years of combined experience and it often
shows in the outcomes we are able to obtain for our clients. We understand
how important your driving record is to you and that is why we work hard
to obtain dismissal of the charges, reduction of the charges, or a great
reduction in the penalties.