Ohio motorists may be charged with reckless driving if they are stopped by the police for excessively speeding or driving in any way that poses a substantial danger to others on the road. If you are facing a first offense reckless driving charge, you may think that it’s not a large concern. If you are convicted of the offense, however, you may face several penalties.
A conviction for reckless driving may result in fines, court costs, community service, the assessment of four points against your license or a license suspension. If the assessment of points will result in your having 12 or more in a two-year period, you may lose your license for up to six months. With multiple prior traffic offenses, it is also possible that you might be ordered to serve time in jail.
Collateral consequences for the offense include increased insurance rates and a marred driving record. If you have a commercial driver’s license and depend on it for your livelihood, the stakes are even higher as your job may be at risk.
At our firm, we have more than 30 years of experience defending against traffic violations on behalf of his clients. We analyze the facts of each client’s case, taking the time to review the stop and other relevant circumstances in order to determine whether or not defenses may be available. Skilled at negotiation, we are often able to secure pleas to lesser traffic offenses in order to preserve our clients’ driving privileges. If you would like more information about reckless driving charges, you can learn more by reading our page about the consequences of serious traffic violations.