Reckless Driving in Florida

If accused of the crime of Reckless Driving in Florida, you need to know the:

Definition of Reckless Driving

The crime of Reckless Driving occurs when you drive a vehicle in a manner that shows a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.

Penalties Reckless Driving

The penalties for the crime of Reckless Driving increase based upon whether you have a prior Reckless Driving conviction or if a person was injured.

Depending on the circumstances of your case, Reckless Driving in Florida can be charged as:

First Offense Reckless Driving

First offense Reckless Driving is a Second Degree Misdemeanor. If convicted of First Offense Reckless Driving, you would be facing any combination of the following penalties:

  • Up to ninety (90) days in jail,
  • Up to six months of probation, or
  • A fine up to $500.

Reckless Driving with a Prior Conviction

Reckless Driving with a Prior Conviction is also a Second Degree Misdemeanor. However, if convicted of Reckless Driving with a Prior Conviction, you would be facing any combination of the following penalties:

  • Up to six (6) months in jail,
  • Up to six months of probation, or
  • A minimum fine of $50 and a maximum fine of $500.

Reckless Driving Causing Property Damage

Reckless Driving Causing Property Damage is a First Degree Misdemeanor. If convicted of Reckless Driving Causing Property Damage, you would be facing any combination of the following penalties:

  • Up to 12 (twelve) months in jail,
  • Up to 12 (twelve) months of probation, or
  • A fine up to $1,000.

Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury

Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury is a Third Degree Felony punishable as a Level 4 offense under Florida's sentencing guidelines.

Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury, you would be facing any combination of the following penalties:

  • A maximum sentence of five (5) years in prison,
  • Five years of probation, or
  • A fine up to $5,000.

Defenses to Reckless Driving

The general pretrial and trial defenses can be raised in any Reckless Driving case.

Contact Criminal Defense Attorney Richard Hornsby

If you have been arrested or charged with the crime of Reckless Driving in Central Florida or the Greater Orlando area, contact Criminal Defense Lawyer today.

The initial consultation is free and I am always available to advise you on the proper course of action that can be taken.