Reckless Driving Charges in New Jersey | What to Know

Reckless driving occurs when someone has willfully and wantonly disregarded the rights and safety of other drivers in a way that endangers people or property. Some of the most common examples of reckless driving include speeding, driving under the influence, fleeing from law enforcement officers, irresponsible lane changes, and more. Reckless driving charges are taken seriously in New Jersey. As a result, it is important to understand the penalties and what to do if you are facing a reckless driving ticket. Read on to learn more.

What are the consequences of a reckless driving ticket in New Jersey?

Reckless driving charges generally carry far more weight than a regular speeding ticket. Consequences of a reckless driving ticket typically include:

  • You will most likely receive 5 points on your driving record
  • You may spend up to 60 days in jail
  • You may have to pay a fine of up to $200
  • You may have your license suspended

What are the consequences of a second or subsequent reckless driving ticket?

It is important to understand that reckless driving tickets are tiered. This means that if you receive a second reckless driving ticket, you will be seen as a repeat offender. As a result, your consequences will increase. This may include:

  • Up to $500 in fines
  • You may go to jail for anywhere up to 90 days
  • You may have your license suspended

Combination offenses in New Jersey

In New Jersey, a combination offense occurs when a person commits more than one offense at a time. This can lead to serious legal trouble. A common example of a combination offense is speeding while driving under the influence of alcohol. This can lead to DUI charges as well as a speeding ticket or reckless driving ticket. In many cases, you will be charged for both offenses.

If you are facing a reckless driving ticket, it is important to reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our firm will fight to have your charges reduced or even dropped. Contact us today to discuss your options. The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can begin building your case.

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