Reckless Driving Charges in New Jersey | What to Know

Reckless Driving Charges in New Jersey | What to Know

Reckless driving endangers you, your passengers, and others on the road. As a result, reckless driving is taken seriously in New Jersey. Read on to learn more about reckless driving charges and what the consequences may entail.

What is reckless driving?

In New Jersey, reckless driving occurs when someone has willfully and wantonly disregarded the rights and safety of other drivers in a way that endangers people or property. Examples of reckless driving include and are not limited to excessive speeding, driving under the influence, fleeing from a law enforcement officer, and irresponsible lane changes.

What are the consequences of reckless driving in New Jersey?

Reckless driving tickets can be much more serious than a regular speeding ticket. Typically, a speeding ticket will lead to points on your license and fines. However, a reckless driving ticket can result in:

  • 5 points on your driving record
  • Imprisonment for up to 60 days
  • A fine of up to $200
  • License suspension

Reckless driving charges are tiered. This means that the consequences increase with each offense. If you receive a second reckless driving ticket, you may face:

  • License suspension
  • Imprisonment for up to 90 days
  • Fines up to $500

What is a combination offense?

A combination offense occurs when a person commits more than one offense at a time. Combination offenses are very common when it comes to reckless driving tickets. For example, if you were speeding while under the influence of alcohol, you have committed two offenses at the same time. A combination offense can also occur in criminal law as well. For instance, if you are speeding away from a robbery. When this occurs, you can easily be charged for both acts, landing you in serious legal trouble.

What if I am facing reckless driving charges?

If you are facing charges for reckless driving, it is important to reach out to an experienced traffic violations attorney. A skilled attorney may be able to have your charges reduced or even dropped.

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