Do you have a Reckless Driving or DUI case against you? Contact the Palm Beach County Law Firm of Bottari & Doyle for representation at 561-588-2781.
Penalties for Reckless Driving
Reckless Driving is a second degree misdemeanor. Unlike every other second degree misdemeanor, Reckless Driving is punishable by up to 90 days in jail for a first conviction. Upon a second or additional conviction, Reckless Driving is punishable by up to 180 days in jail.
Any person, who drives recklessly and damages property or causes bodily injury to another, commits a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year of probation, 1 year in the county jail as a condition of probation and a $1,000 fine.
Any person, who drives recklessly and causes serious bodily injury to another, commits a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years of probation, five years in prison as a condition of probation, and a $5,000 fine.
Additionally, if the court has reasonable cause to believe that the use of alcohol, chemical or controlled substances contributed to reckless driving, the court must order the person complete DUI School and any necessary substance abuse treatment. Failure to complete DUI School and treatment would result in a violation of probation and suspension of driving privileges.
DUI Reduction to Reckless Driving
Many times the prosecutor will agree to reduce a DUI charge to reckless driving if the prosecutor’s case is factually weak. In the right situations, this ma y be a good result for the person who is initially charged with DUI.
If you have been charged with Reckless Driving in Palm Beach County, Broward County or Martin County contact a
Palm Beach criminal defense attorney from Bottari & Doyle at (561)-588-2781 for a free consultation.