Reckless Driving in NY – A Criminal Charge – Not an Ordinary Traffic Ticket!

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is more than a moving violation—it is a misdemeanor offense. A conviction of reckless driving can result in a jail sentence, points on your license, a fine and several other very serious consequences as follows:

Potential Consequences of a Reckless Driving Conviction

Reckless Driving - VTL Section 1212

Under the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, reckless driving is defined as driving in a “manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway or unreasonably endanger users of the public highway.”

Defending a Reckless Driving Charge

In order to sustain a conviction of Reckless Driving a prosecutor must prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt either:

  1. That you drove or used a motor vehicle, motorcycle or any other vehicle in a manner which unreasonably interfered with the free and proper use of the public highway; OR
  2. That you unreasonably endangered other users of the public road

These elements are highly subjective and can be interpreted differently depending upon the facts of the incident.  A skilled criminal attorney can collect the specific details and circumstances surrounding the incident and formulate the proper arguments to present to the prosecutor in order to have your charge dismissed or reduced to a non-criminal offense.

You Need a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney to Defend your Reckless Driving Charge

Due to the serious ramifications of this crime, if you are charged with Reckless Driving it is crucial that you be represented by an experienced criminal attorney to defend your charges properly.  Veltry Law, PC has been successfully defending Reckless Driving charges in all of the courts of New York for over 30 years and knows how to get your charges reduced or dismissed in order to save you from a criminal record and all of the negative consequences that accompany it.  Feel free to visit our website for more information or Call Us 24/7 for a free informative consultation.

Leave a Comment