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The Law Offices Of Kevin J. Pitts

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An Orlando reckless driving ticket is not like a speeding ticket that can be paid at the clerk of court. In 2012 the Orlando area had 286 reckless driving cases. Reckless driving in Orlando is a criminal offense that is classified as a second degree misdemeanor. Reckless driving is punishable by a maximum of 90 days in jail, 6 months of probation, 4 points on your license, cost of prosecution, cost of investigation, 4 hour driver improvement course and a $500 fine plus court cost. Reckless driving is not an ordinary second degree misdemeanor because the 90 day maximum jail sentence exceeds the 60 day statutory maximum sentence for a second degree misdemeanor. This makes reckless driving one of the few hybrid misdemeanors. DUI is another example of a hybrid second degree misdemeanor in Florida. If the judge believes alcohol contributed to the reckless driving they can require the driver to complete a DUI class. If the driver does not complete the class their driver’s license will be suspended. If the driver has a prior reckless driving conviction they can be sentenced to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine plus court cost. Being convicted of an Orange County reckless driving also prevents the accused from ever sealing or expunging their record. That means a criminal record for the rest of your life. Fortunately Orlando reckless driving cases have defenses. The state must prove that the driving endangered person or property and that the bad driving was willful. Negligence is sufficient for careless driving but not for the criminal charge of reckless driving in Orlando. Speeding alone is not reckless driving if the driver does not endanger person or property. Swerving without endangering others has been considered insufficient for a reckless driving conviction. If you are accused of reckless driving call Orlando reckless driving attorney Kevin J. Pitts at 407-268-3688 for a free initial consultation.

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