Traffic Ticket Lawyer Shawn R Kassman
Make no mistake: reckless driving is an extremely serious offense in New York. It carries with it severe penalties, and a conviction could indefinitely stain your driving record.
Reckless driving (VTL 1212) is considered to be one of the most intense tickets you can receive. After all, getting a ticket for reckless driving is unlike most other traffic tickets because it counts as a misdemeanor in NY. Since reckless driving is considered a crime, a conviction will cause you to have a criminal record. This could make background checks in an already down economy yet another barrier to finding or keeping a job. Also, depending on how reckless you were, you could go to jail for up to 30 days for a first offense, 90 days for a second offense, and 180 days for a third offense.
Aside from the criminal penalties, a reckless driving conviction will put 5 points on your driver’s license and you will incur a fine of up to $300. Reckless driving will cause your auto insurance rate to go up tremendously. A recent study conducted by Kassman Law Offices revealed that the average insurance hike amounted to an increase of 22% for a reckless driving ticket! Remember, it is important to note that if you accumulate 11 points in 18 months, you’re driving privileges may be suspended. 5 points for reckless driving (i.e. violating VTL 1212) can cause you to reach the 11 point mark rather quickly.
Lastly, if you receive another ticket in conjunction with one for reckless driving in NY and a total of 6 or more points would go on your record, you will be required to pay a “Driver Assessment Fee” to the DMV. That amounts to $300 for 6 points and an additional $75 for every point above 6 Common Defenses to a Reckless Driving Ticket. Fighting a ticket for reckless driving in NY can be more challenging than a regular ticket. Since VTL 1212 is considered a criminal matter, many district attorneys do not allow plea bargaining by mail and require an appearance in court. More importantly, judges and district attorneys are less flexible when negotiating a criminal offense like reckless driving.
Furthermore, in 2011, the New York State senate passed a bill to strengthen penalties for reckless driving and to create a new crime of aggravated reckless driving. The bill focused on dangerous driving by those who were drunk or high and drivers traveling in the wrong direction. Aggravated reckless driving would be a Class E Felony.
Who Should You Contact?
If you have been issued a ticket for VTL 1212, reckless driving in New York, it is highly recommended that you contact a traffic attorney with a successful record of fighting serious traffic offenses. Call the The Law Offices of Shawn Kassman today at 631-232-9479 or Fill out our online intake form. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and represent clients located in Central Islip (main office location), Holtsville (office location), Bay shore,Brentwood, Oakdale, Sayville, Port Jefferson and Riverhead and both Suffolk and Nassau counties.
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