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What You Need to Know About Reckless Driving Charges in New York State

The New York State Penal Code states that reckless driving is an act that unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of public roads or endangers the use of public roads. Some examples of reckless driving can include excess speeding, sudden lane changes, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and more. If you have recently been charged with reckless driving in New York State, you will need an experienced Rockland County traffic violations attorney who can fight for your rights, every step of the way. Please continue reading to learn more about reckless driving and its penalties in NYS.

What happens if I am charged with reckless driving in New York State?

For a reckless driving ticket, you will most likely receive 5 points on your license, which, in turn, will most likely result in skyrocketing insurance premiums. Unfortunately, if you are someone who has already accumulated a certain number of points on your license, you will most likely have to take the Driver Responsibility Assessment, which is a three-year fine of $100 per year. Additionally, if you have 11 points on your license within 18 months, you will most likely face a license suspension, which, rather obviously, can negatively affect many aspects of one’s life. Furthermore, New York State views reckless driving offenses as misdemeanors, which means that upon conviction, you may actually face jail time, and therefore obtain a criminal record. Do not let this happen. With the help of an experienced Rockland County criminal defense attorney at your side, you can fight these charges.

What is a combination offense?

If you have been charged with a combination offense, it means you are being charged with breaking two laws at once. Reckless driving offenses are frequently combination offenses. For example, if you are caught driving 40 miles per hour over the speed limit and are under the influence of alcohol, you may receive a reckless driving DWI offense. A charge of this magnitude is not to be taken lightly, which is why you must retain the services of an attorney. Our firm is ready to help you through every step of the legal process ahead to shield you from the burdens of a criminal record. Give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.

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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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