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Reckless driving can be defined in two ways: driving in excess of twenty miles per hour of any posted speed limit or driving in a manner that endangers the life, limb, or property of any person, including the driver charged with the reckless. A conviction of a reckless driving is a class one misdemeanor that has a maximum period of incarceration of twelve months in jail and maximum twenty-five hundred dollar fine. Furthermore, a reckless driving conviction will result in a significant negative point accumulation and can severely increase a driver’s insurance premiums. A reckless driving conviction can also result in the loss of security clearances.

Attempting to represent oneself for a reckless driving charge is unwise; even if for example you were in fact exceeding the posted speed limit by more than twenty miles per hour. First, there are several defenses available to you (such as challenging the officer’s speed estimate or your speedometer calibration) that only attorneys with expertise in this area can employ to defend you. Secondly, there are other avenues that the attorneys at The Simms Firm, PLC can pursue either with the prosecutor or judge to reduce the offense to a simple traffic offense. Deciding to forgo experienced attorneys with expertise in this area can result in an unneeded criminal conviction and loss of license that can have dire consequences in your personal and professional life.