What Happens if I am Charged With Reckless Driving in NJ?

Many people assume that traffic infractions and moving violations aren’t particularly damaging. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case, especially if you’ve been charged with reckless driving. Texting while driving, excessively speeding, or driving while intoxicated may all warrant reckless driving charges. If you are currently facing such charges, you need our knowledgeable Hackensack criminal law attorneys on your side. Continue reading and reach out to Aronsohn, Weiner, Salerno & Kaufman to learn more about reckless driving charges in New Jersey and how we can help you fight them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the penalties for a reckless driving conviction?

If you’ve been charged with reckless driving, it is imperative that you retain competent legal counsel at once, as you will face several serious penalties upon conviction, including potential jail time. The penalties for a reckless driving conviction in New Jersey are as follows:

  • Up to 60 days in jail
  • You will have your driver’s license suspended
  • You will receive 5 points on your driving record
  • You will face a potential $200 fine

You should note that this is only for a first conviction. The penalties can be even more sevre if it is not your first offense. Additionally, when you get points on your record, it can cause your insurance premiums to rise, meaning your car insurance will become more expensive for a number of months.

How long can I go to jail for a second reckless driving conviction in NJ?

As with most second-offense cases, if you’ve been charged with reckless driving for a second time, courts will typically treat you as a repeat offender. The penalties for a second reckless driving conviction in New Jersey are as follows:

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Your driver’s license will be suspended
  • You will receive 5 points on your driving record
  • You will face a potential $500 fine

Additional Charges

In many cases, when someone is arrested for breaking two laws at once, such as by driving recklessly while under the influence of alcohol, they can expect to receive upgraded charges. If you find yourself in this situation or you otherwise have been charged with reckless driving, you need a competent legal team on your side. Give us a call today.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

We understand how confusing certain legal issues can be, which is why we are dedicated to providing individuals with the compassionate and knowledgeable legal representation they deserve. Aronsohn, Weiner, Salerno & Kaufman has helped clients with various difficult legal challenges for over 40 years. We know we have the experience needed to do the same for you. For experienced legal counsel regarding family law, litigation, business law, real estate, and criminal law, you know where to turn–contact Aronsohn, Weiner, Salerno & Kaufman today to schedule a consultation.

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