When you hop into your car to go to work or the beach, you hardly expect to get pulled over by a police officer, much less for reckless driving in New York.
Most people grossly underestimate the value of hiring a reckless driving attorney. Instead of looking only to the cost of the representation, they ought to be looking at the financial and criminal costs of not hiring an attorney.
Pleading Guilty to a Reckless Driving Ticket
If you plead guilty instead of fighting the ticket, you are not getting it out of your hair. In reality, you are shooting yourself in the foot.
Remember, reckless driving is a misdemeanor that will appear on your criminal record and will never get erased (NY does not recognize expungements).
Additionally, having a criminal record will make it difficult to secure a job, get into college, receive a loan, join the military, or get financing.
Aside from that, there are tons of hidden costs that you may not be aware of. If you plead guilty, you will receive:
- 5 points on your driving record (11 points triggers a license suspension)
- A fine that could be as high as $300 for a first offense, $525 for a second offense, and $1125 for a third offense
- An $93 surcharge
- An auto insurance hike of 42% (based on InsuranceQuotes.com)
Pleading guilty (even for a first offense) could lead to you shelling out well over $1,000 in hidden costs, fines, and fees alone.
Moreover, depending on how reckless you were, you can end up in jail for up to 30 days for a first offense reckless driving charge.
Representing Yourself in Court
Some people fool themselves into thinking that they can win their case on their own, so they choose not to hire a reckless driving attorney. Others represent themselves because they believe that a traffic ticket lawyer costs too much.
Both are mistakes.
Besides the fact that hiring a reckless driving attorney will allow you to cut the line and tremendously reduce your waiting time, you are hiring an expert who has a rapport with prosecutors, knows a good deal when he sees one, and has done this before countless times.
By representing yourself, you run the risk of shelling out well over $1,000, serving jail time, and having a permanent stain that will follow you every time you apply for a job, loan, or try to get into a school.
Who Should You Contact?
If you recently received a reckless driving ticket in New York, be sure to make the right call. Contact The Rosenblum Law Firm today at 888-883-5529.