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Reckless Driving in New Jersey: What are the Consequences?

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Section 39:4-96 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes defines reckless driving as driving “a vehicle heedlessly, in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property.” It’s probably the closest offense to drunk driving, and it often operates as probable cause to make traffic stops on drivers who are later determined to be drunk. 

New Jersey prosecutors and judges take reckless driving seriously. For a first conviction, an offender can be sentenced to up to 60 days in jail, a fine of up to $200, a three month license suspension and five points on his or her driver’s license. On a second conviction, a person can be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail, a fine of up to $500, a six month license suspension and another five points. 

Both prosecutors and judges are highly concerned with public safety. You don’t want to enter a courtroom on a reckless driving charge without an experienced and effective attorney representing you. The consequences can be harsh. Upon being cited for reckless driving, you’ll want to speak with the Hunterdon County criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Stephen Williams right away. The sooner that you retain him, the sooner he can begin investigating your case and building a defense. 

Aside from the possible consequences with your driver’s license, a reckless driving conviction can impact employment, educational and housing opportunities. The objective of Mr. Williams is to eliminate jail time and a license suspension while also eliminating or reducing points and fines. If you’ve been charged with reckless driving in or around Hunterdon County, contact the Hunterdon County criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Stephen Williams at your earliest opportunity. He wants to address your reckless driving issue with your best interests in mind.

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