Reckless Driving Ticket Lawyer Bucks County
Perhaps you were having a bad day and took it out on the road or another driver upset you, and you in the moment acted aggressively. Maybe you don’t believe you did anything wrong, and the officer who stopped you made a mistake in judgment. Regardless of the reason, if you have been issued a Reckless Driving Ticket, you have a problem, and need to act accordingly.
In Pennsylvania, Reckless Driving is a serious offense with serious consequences, including costly fines, points on your license, and the potential for license suspension. Being found guilty of reckless driving could seriously impact your life. You don’t want that. And neither do we. At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we fight to protect your rights, and mitigate the potential consequences of your traffic matter.
Reckless Driving Defined
Reckless driving is defined by 75 Pa. Cons. Stat. Section 3736 as a person driving any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.
In essence, what this means is that you can be found guilty of reckless driving if you were driving dangerously and you were aware of it. The State will have to prove the elements of the above definition in order to demonstrate your guilt – and that is where your attorney’s defense will focus; showing that you did not meet both elements, and that the prosecution cannot prove such.
Examples of reckless driving:
- Driving at an excessive rate of speed which is putting yourself, other motorists, or pedestrians at risk
- Moving among traffic lanes swiftly and carelessly
- Driving in the wrong direction down a one way street or other roadway
- Deliberately tailgating another vehicle
- Driving while Under the Influence
Reckless driving and careless driving are similar offenses. They both relate to the dangerous driving of the defendant, but are differentiated by an important element. Simply, it boils down to an issue of the arresting officer’s perception of the defendant’s actions.
Reckless Driving is the offense when the officer believes the individual was “willful[ly]” driving dangerously, as opposed to acting “negligently” – the crux of the less serious offense of careless driving. “Willful” is the key factor and is, therefore, the element your attorney should focus on attempting to disprove whenever possible in order to beat a reckless driving ticket.
- 6 month Loss of License
- 90 days in jail
- Increased insurance premiums
- Resulting in injury carries a minimum of $1,000 fine and a minimum of 90 days in jail
- Resulting in death carries a fine up to $25,000 and up to 12 months in jail
Any attempt to beat a reckless driving ticket will likely focus on either attacking the facts or the elements of reckless driving versus careless driving. Both require an appreciation of the law and its nuances, which are best addressed by an attorney.
Reckless Driving is a serious ticket, and needs to be handled as such. The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will devise a strategy to best handle this ticket and achieve the best results possible for your case. Call today to schedule a free consultation with one of our traffic attorneys.This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.