Reckless Driving Charges in NYS | What You Need to Know

Reckless driving charges are incredibly serious in New York State. If you are charged with reckless driving, which the New York State Penal Code defines as unreasonably interfering with the free and proper use of public roads, or endangering the use of public roads. If you are someone who was caught traveling at very high speeds, changing lanes without warning, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, there is a very good chance you received a reckless driving charge. Please continue reading and speak with our knowledgeable Rockland County traffic violations attorney to learn more about reckless driving charges and how we can help if you are facing them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the penalties for reckless driving charges in New York State?

If you receive a reckless driving ticket, you will most likely obtain 5 points on your license. This is very serious because as a result of those points, your insurance premiums will most likely spike, which means, in effect, you will be paying for your ticket for months or years to come. You will also have to take the Driver Responsibility Assessment, which means you will have to pay $100 once a year for three years. You should also understand that if you receive more than 11 points on your license within 18 months, you will most likely have your license suspended. Additionally, since New York State considers reckless driving charges misdemeanors, you may even go to jail, which will go on your criminal record. Our firm is here to help you fight your charges.

What is a combination offense in New York State?

A combination offense is when someone is charged with breaking two laws at once, which will result in facing compound charges. For example, if you are someone who was caught traveling at very high speeds while driving under the influence of alcohol, or if you are someone who was caught driving under the influence of alcohol with a child in the car, it would be considered a combination offense. These charges are extremely serious. No matter your charges, our firm is here to help. Simply pick up the phone and give us a call today.

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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.