Florida statute 316.192 defines reckless driving as “any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Speeding alone is not reckless driving and this is one of many defenses available.
Willful is defined as intentionally, knowingly and purposely
Wanton is defined as a conscious and intentional indifference to consequences and with knowledge that damage is likely to be done to persons or property.
First Time Conviction: Up to 90 days in jail and a fine between $25 and $500.
Second or Subsequent Conviction: Up to six (6) months in jail and a fine between $25 and $1,000.
Reckless Driving with Property Damage: First degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one (1) year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury: Third degree felony punishable by up to five (5) years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000
Serious Bodily Injury is defined as "injury to another person, which consists of a physical condition that creates a substantial risk of death, serious personal disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ."
As you can see, reckless driving is a very serious traffic charge and will affect your driving license and could possibly land you in jail. It's important to have a criminal lawyer on your side with the experience and dedication to seek the best results for you.
Miami Reckless Driving Lawyer Antonio Jimenez has defended numerous clients from reckless driving charges and has successfully reduced many reckless driving charges to careless driving, which is a traffic citation and not a criminal offense. Often times cops will issue a reckless driving criminal citation for excessive speeding. The law does not say that excessive speeding alone is reckless driving so the prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person was driving with a willful and wanton disregard for public safety. This is not an easy crime to prove. Contact Miami attorney Antonio Jimenez today for a free confidential consultation about your reckless driving charge.