Arrests for reckless driving in Florida are usually misdemeanors that can be described as driving a vehicle in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. Examples of reckless driving in Jacksonville, Florida, include driving at very high speed, following a vehicle too closely, erratic lane changes, and failure to obey traffic signals. Often times, individuals get a charge of reckless driving after an accident investigation is complete.
Florida's reckless driving statute is also what many prosecutors turn to when they have a DUI case that is weak or cannot be proven. A Florida reckless driving charge can be prosecuted as a felony if there is serious bodily injury involved.
Although a reckless driving charge can result in points on your license, it does not have the negative ramifications of a DUI. Reckless driving is also a conviction prerequisite for calculation by the Department of Highway and Motor Vehicles in determining habitual traffic offender status. Experienced criminal defense attorneys can discredit any observations by the witnesses or officer. While the statute may appear simple to apply, many people are wrongly convicted. When it comes to proving reckless driving, a court must find that the driver had a criminal intent in their actions.
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