Reckless Driving Ticket Attorneys
Knowledgeable Lawyers Help Clients Facing Reckless Driving Charges in New Jersey
Reckless driving is a serious crime in New Jersey, complicated by the fact that charging a driver with operating a motor vehicle recklessly is up to the discretion of the police officer at the traffic stop. Depending on the circumstances witnessed by law enforcement, one traffic stop can result in multiple tickets including reckless driving.
If you are facing a summons for reckless driving, it’s imperative that you contact a successful traffic ticket defense lawyer who will protect your rights. At Lombardi and Lombardi, our traffic ticket attorneys have been defending drivers in New Jersey since 1975. We will negotiate with the prosecutor in your case to get your ticket downgraded or dismissed entirely.
What is Reckless Driving in Brick, Point Pleasant, Freehold and across NJ?
It’s considered reckless driving when a person operates a motor vehicle — a car, a truck or a motorcycle, etc. — with a “willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or likely to endanger, a person or property.”
When you consider that definition, it’s easy to understand that reckless driving charges, although extremely serious, are often made subjectively by the officer at the scene. However, to convict a driver of reckless driver, the prosecutor will need evidence to support claims of reckless driving behavior by being able to prove that the driver was “consciously aware that his actions pose(d) risk to the public.”
What are the Penalties for a Reckless Driving Ticket Conviction?
The good news when it comes to reckless driving is that an officer should not issue this violation unless there is sufficient evidence of “reckless disregard” for other drivers or pedestrians on the roadway. This means that speeding isn’t enough to constitute a reckless driving ticket.
However, driving at excessive speeds, so much so that the vehicle could easily become out of the driver’s control, might certainly be considered reckless driving. In this particular example, a New Jersey driver charged with both excessive speeding (more than 30 mph over the speed limit) and reckless driving (N.J.S.A. 39:4-96) will face 10 points on their driving record (five points for the speeding charge and another five MVC points for the reckless driving).
Additionally, the judge is not directed by law to suspend driving privileges but has the discretion to suspend person’s driver’s license for an indefinite period of time if they are convicted of reckless driving, according to New Jersey traffic statutes.
How Will Lombardi & Lombardi Fight Your Reckless Driving Ticket?
To prove reckless driving, a police officer will need to offer evidence that reveals a pattern of reckless behavior behind the wheel. For example, if you were witnessed blowing through a red light at a high rate of speed and then you were caught failing to yield at a railroad crossing, the officer might be able to show a pattern of reckless behavior. This is especially true if, when stopped, the officer suspected you of drinking and driving. In this example, you allegedly committed several infractions with negligent disregard for who or what might be in your path. On the other hand, failing to stop at one stop sign is illegal, but not necessarily reckless.
Due to the subjective nature of a reckless driving charge, the knowledgeable and experienced traffic ticket defense lawyers at Lombardi and Lombardi are often able to get reckless driving tickets downgraded to careless driving charges.
When the officer is not able to prove “conscious awareness” of danger imposed by a driver’s actions, the appropriate charge would be careless driving. Careless driving, (N.J.S.A. 39:4–97), a two-point ticket, charges the driver with being negligent without the intent of harming anyone or any property. Penalties for a careless driving conviction also include fines and insurance premium surcharges.
Contact Lombardi and Lombardi Today for Sound Legal Representation for Your Reckless Driving Violation
You can rely on the experienced traffic ticket defense lawyers at Lombardi and Lombardi to stand up for you in courts in Freehold, Brick, Edison and throughout New Jersey when you are facing a traffic violation. We understand the significant consequences of a reckless driving conviction and will fight hard to get your charges downgraded to a careless driving charge, a zero-point ticket or dismissed entirely when possible.
Contact our offices today to request your free consultation with one of our successful attorneys. We know the prosecutors throughout Union, Monmouth, Ocean and Essex counties. We know the court staffs. We know the judges. At Lombardi & Lombardi, you can count on our family to fight for yours.