When you share the roadways with hundreds and thousands of other vehicles, problems are bound to arise. But not all traffic problems are as simple as a horn blasting or a traffic ticket—some are criminal offenses. One such offense, reckless driving, is quite common.
Many people who find themselves charged with reckless driving in New York were quite surprised to find out they weren’t just being fined. When we see those flashing blue lights in our rear view, we rarely think “I’m going to be arrested.” Because reckless driving is quite subjective, there’s a good chance you didn’t even realize you were breaking the law.Charged with a crime in New York? Please call (888) 435-4744.
Perhaps you were in a rush to get somewhere and were driving aggressively, switching lanes and tailgating. Maybe someone angered you on the roadway and you let your temper get the best of you. Both of these situations could lead to actions that would qualify under the New York reckless driving law.
New York Reckless Driving Laws
Under New York state statutes, reckless driving is defined as operating a vehicle in “a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway.” It’s easy to see how many different driving behaviors could be considered reckless driving under this broad definition. As a matter of fact, any of the following (particularly when seen together) could qualify for a reckless driving charge:
- Excessive speeding
- Improper/dangerous passing
- Dangerous driving
(NY VAT. §1212)
Reckless Driving Penalties
A New York reckless driving charge is considered a misdemeanor offense. This means it could result in jail time. Rarely do reckless driving charges lead to jail time, but it does happen occasionally. And anytime you face potential time behind bars, it’s a serious matter.
A criminal defense lawyer can help you in your fight against charges like these. From dissecting the police officer’s account of the situation to defending your good name when you’re completely innocent of the charges, a defense lawyer is your one advocate in the criminal courts.
When you are charged with a crime you need someone on your side. Even a charge like reckless driving can have a significant impact on your future. Contact us today to discuss the details of your case and how we might be able to help.