What to Know About Reckless Driving in New Jersey

What are the Consequences of Reckless Driving in New Jersey?

Car accidents happen often and their results can be devestating. As a result, New Jersey takes the rules of the road very seriously. In some cases, licensed drivers fail to follow these rules and engage in certain illegal behaviors. One example of this is reckless driving. In New Jersey, this is defined as “a violation that willfully and wantonly disregards the rights and safety of other drivers in a way that endangers people or property.” This can include excessive speeding, irresponsible lane changes, driving under the influence, etc. Read on to learn more about reckless driving in New Jersey. 

What are the Consequences of Reckless Driving?

Receiving a ticket for reckless driving is not the same as receiving a speeding ticket. A reckless driving ticket may result in:

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

In the event that you receive a reckless driving ticket for the second time, the consequences will worsen. This can include:

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

What is a Combination Offense?

It is possible for a person to commit more than one offense at a time. This is known as a combination offense. These are fairly common when discussing reckless driving cases. For example, if you were driving 40 miles over the speed limit while under the influence, you have committed two separate offenses at the same time. A combination offense can also occur if you were involved in a criminal offense, for example, speeding away from a robbery. It is important to know that if this occurs, you can be charged for both acts. If you are facing a reckless driving ticket or a combination offense, you will need to retain the help of an experienced attorney. A skilled attorney may be able to reduce the charges against you. Contact our firm today to learn more. 

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