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Experienced Defense Against Reckless Driving Charges in Central Florida

The Orlando reckless driving defense lawyers at Dicembre & Nace represent individuals charged with the criminal offense of Reckless Driving throughout the Central Florida area and strongly recommend that any individual arrested or charged with Reckless Driving consult with a criminal traffic attorney. Orlando Reckless Driving Lawyer Tony Nace

Perhaps because the citation issued for Reckless Driving looks like an ordinary traffic ticket, too many people, especially when they are not physically arrested, mistakenly believe that being cited for Reckless Driving is just a regular traffic citation, like one would get for having a headlight out or speeding. Unfortunately, however, that is not true.

If there is one thing, our Orlando traffic defense lawyers want everyone who has been cited for Reckless Driving to know, it is this:

Reckless driving is a crime, not just a traffic ticket. Reckless Driving is a criminal offense and needs to be taken seriously.

Reckless Driving Penalties in Florida

Reckless driving in Florida carries different penalties depending on: whether it is your first offense, or subsequent offense; whether or not alcohol was a factor; and whether or not the offense resulted in property damage or injury.

If your Reckless Driving case is not handled properly, it could result in a criminal conviction on your record and, in some situations, even a jail sentence.

Some examples of Reckless Driving penalties include:

  • For your first offense, the maximum penalty is a $500 fine and 90 days in jail.
  • For your second offense, the maximum penalty is a $1000 fine and 6 months in jail.
  • If there is property damage (whether first offense or not) the maximum is a $1000 fine and 1 year in jail.

What is Reckless Driving?

In short, Reckless Driving is a criminal offense that the prosecutors and judges in Orange County, Seminole County, Lake County, Osceola County, Brevard County and Volusia County all take seriously and you should too.

That said, our Orlando reckless driving lawyers find that reckless driving is one of those charges that law enforcement and prosecutors sometimes do not apply appropriately to the facts of a given situation. In Florida, the charge of Reckless Driving is only proven when the State demonstrates that the accused person has driven a vehicle in manner demonstrating willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.

In other words, evidence of "bad" or careless driving is not sufficient to prove someone is guilty of Reckless Driving. Whether or not someone committed the offense of Reckless Driving requires an examination of the totality of the circumstances at the time of the offense. For example, speeding alone cannot constitute Reckless Driving, although speeding in conjunction with other acts (running red lights, swerving in and out of lanes, etc...) may constitute reckless driving.

Usually, the prosecution's evidence in a Reckless Driving case consists solely on the police officer's testimony and the reality is law enforcement officers are, like us, human and make mistakes. Sometimes officers witness what should simply be a civil traffic offense, such as speeding or careless driving, and overcharge the driver with the criminal offense of Reckless Driving. In these situations, it is important that you have an Orlando traffic attorney on your side to assist you and avoid being unfairly sentenced to a criminal offense.

Contact our Orlando Reckless Driving Defense Lawyers

If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with the criminal traffic offense of Reckless Driving in Orlando, Orange County or anywhere in Central Florida, call the Orlando criminal traffic defense attorneys at Dicembre & Nace today at (407) 649-1999 for your free consultation. You may also fill out our online form and one of our Central Florida Traffic Attorneys will call you back shortly.

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