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What are the Penalties for Reckless Driving in New York?

New York State Penal Code defines reckless driving as unreasonably interfering with the free and proper use of public roads, or endangering the use of public roads. There is a good chance you will receive a reckless driving charge if you are caught driving at very high speeds, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or caught changing lanes without warning. If you have been charged with reckless driving in New York, continue reading and reach out to our experienced criminal defense attorney to learn more about reckless driving charges and how our firm can assist you.

What will happen if I am charged with reckless driving in New York?

You will likely receive five points on your license if you receive a reckless driving ticket. This may also cause your insurance premiums to rise. In New York, you will be required to take the Driver Responsibility Assessment. This will also require you to have to pay $100 once a year for three years. If you receive more than 11 points on your license within 18 months, you will likely have your license suspended. Reckless driving charges are considered misdemeanors in New York state which means that you may risk going to jail, which will go on your criminal record.

What is a combination offense?

When an individual is charged with breaking two laws at once, this is considered a combination offense that will result in facing compound charges in New York. If a driver is caught traveling at a very high speed while driving under the influence of alcohol, this could be considered a combination offense. Another example of a combination offense is when someone is caught driving under the influence of alcohol with a child in the car. These charges are not taken lightly in New York.

If you are facing reckless driving charges or combination offense charges, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced New York criminal defense attorney who will explore all avenues of defense on your behalf. We understand how these charges can affect an individual for many years to come. No matter the circumstances, our firm is prepared to help. Give our firm a call today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you. We are here to help.


Kevin T. Conway has over 30 years of experience as a Spring Valley criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need a Rockland County criminal lawyer, contact our Spring Valley office for a free consultation.

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