What do I Need to Know About Reckless Driving in New Jersey?


What do I Need to Know About Reckless Driving in New Jersey?

All drivers are required to follow the rules of the road when they are operating a vehicle. This ensures their safety as well as that of those sharing the road with them. One of the ways a person can violate the rules of the road is by driving recklessly. The state of New Jersey defines reckless driving as a violation performed by a driver that willfully and wantonly disregards the rights and safety of other drivers in a way that endangers people or property. Actions that are considered reckless driving can include excess speeding, irresponsible lane changes, driving under the influence, and more. Being pulled over for any of these can lead to a reckless driving ticket. When a person is charged with reckless driving, they can face harsh consequences. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey traffic violation attorney for assistance with your case.

What are the Consequences of Reckless Driving?

When a person receives a reckless driving ticket, it is not the same as a regular speeding ticket. These consequences are more severe and can include the following:

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

If a person drives recklessly for a second time, they may face harsher consequences than the first time. This can include:

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

What is a Combination Offense?

When a person commits more than one offense at a time, it can result in combination offenses. This is fairly common when dealing with reckless driving. For example, this may be the case if a person was driving 40 miles over the speed limit while they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol or involved in a criminal offense, they can be charged for both. In the event that this takes place, the offender needs the assistance of an attorney to help lessen the charges and consequences against them.

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