Miami Reckless Driving Attorney
If you or a loved one has been arrested or charged with reckless driving, it is critical to consult with an experienced Miami reckless driving attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected. You need the counsel of an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process and maximize your chances of resolving your case with a favorable outcome.
What is Reckless Driving?
Florida Statute 316.192 pertains to reckless driving. This crime is defined as driving a vehicle in a manner that shows a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others or for property. This can include speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, tailgating, running red lights or stop signs, and making reckless or erratic lane changes.
Fleeing a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle is also considered reckless driving per se, meaning that it is automatically considered reckless driving under the law.
Penalties for Reckless Driving in Miami
If you are convicted of reckless driving for the first time, you may be imprisoned for up to 90 days, fined between $25 and $500, or both. If you are convicted of reckless driving for a second or subsequent time, you may be imprisoned for up to 6 months or fined between $50 and $1,000, or both. However, if reckless driving causes damage to the property or person of another, it is punishable as a first-degree misdemeanor which is punishable by up to one year in jail. If it causes serious bodily injury to another person, it is punishable as a third-degree felony, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
In addition to these penalties, a fine of $5 will be added to any fine imposed for reckless driving, and the clerk must remit this money to the Department of Revenue for deposit in the Emergency Medical Services Trust Fund.
Contact an Experienced Miami Reckless Driving Lawyer
By immediately hiring an experienced Miami Reckless Driving Lawyer to defend yourself, you are minimizing the chances that your criminal case will have lasting consequences for your career, personal life, and reputation.
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