Nobody likes getting pulled over by a police officer, and much less getting a NY traffic ticket for reckless driving.
In the unfortunate event that it happens, you need to know two core ideas:
- What exactly you are being charged with
- How it can negatively impact you
What Does “Reckless Driving” Mean?
Each state will have a slightly different reckless driving definition. According to VTL 1212, it means that you were driving in a manner that “unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway” or that you “unreasonably endanger[ed] users of the public highway.”
Notice how vague that sounds. Lawmakers did this intentionally to allow for a lot of different conduct to fall within the category of reckless driving. Many times, officers will issue NY reckless driving tickets for offenses that, ordinarily, stand on their own.
For example, going the wrong way down a one-way street along with speeding in NY are stand-alone offenses that carry different—and usually less severe—penalties than reckless driving. However, officers will routinely hand you a reckless driving ticket even though you should have received one of these tickets.
How can they do this? They find an “aggravating circumstance” like making a reckless lane change while speeding and trump up the charge.
With this in mind, reckless driving in New York becomes quite subjective and avoiding a conviction for it usually needs the assistance of a well-trained attorney.
How Will a Conviction For Reckless Driving in New York Negatively Affect You?
Unlike most New York traffic tickets, reckless driving is actually a crime—it counts as a misdemeanor.
Aside from a criminal record, a conviction could lead to jail time. You could face up to 30 days for a first offense, 90 days for a second offense, and 180 days for a third offense!
Many NY drivers are also unaware of the fact that a conviction could hurt your chances at getting a job. After all, the conviction will show up when a potential employer runs a background check.
You will also receive 5 points and could incur a fine of up to $300 for a conviction.
The final nail in the coffin is the astronomical insurance hike you can face.
A 2014 study by InsuranceQuotes.com revealed that the national average insurance premium increase for a reckless driving conviction is 82%!
For reckless driving in New York, the rate calculator on InsuranceQuotes.com reveals that your premium will likely go up by 42% for a reckless driving conviction!
Taking all of this into account, the potential consequences far outweigh the benefits of pleading guilty or taking the risk in representing yourself in court.
Be sure to hire an experienced NY traffic ticket attorney to help you with your reckless driving charge.
Who Should You Contact?
If you received a traffic ticket for driving recklessly in New York, contact The Rosenblum Law Firm today at 888-883-5529. Their experienced team of NY traffic ticket attorneys will go to bat for you and help you fight the charges you face every step of the way.