Yardley PA Reckless Driving Attorneys
With Offices in Bensalem, PA
Reckless driving is one of the most common traffic violations in Pennsylvania. If you drive at an excessive speed, you may be ticketed for speeding and charged with reckless driving. If a traffic officer suspects that you are driving under the influence of alcohol but cannot prove that you are intoxicated, they might cite you for reckless driving instead. That’s because there is an expectation that all drivers on Pennsylvania roads will exercise caution when operating their vehicles. Anyone who fails to do so is subject to severe penalties that include possible jail time. If you have been charged with reckless driving, it is imperative that you speak with a qualified attorney immediately.
The attorneys at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson have more than 40 years of experience handling traffic cases in Penndel, Plumstead, and everywhere else in Bucks County, PA. We have a wealth of experience and contacts in Pennsylvania, which gives us a major advantage when we defend you against a reckless driving charge. We also understand that your driver’s license is on the line, so we will do everything possible to win your case. Call KCR today to speak with a member of our traffic defense team.
Reckless Driving Charges in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania law prohibits a person from driving their vehicle in a reckless manner. Anyone who operates a motor vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others and in a manner than endangers either people or property can be charged with reckless driving.
Reckless driving and careless driving are very similar. The main distinction between a reckless driving charge and a careless driving charge is that reckless driving involves intent. This means that the driver deliberately put other people’s safety at risk or consciously disregarded the risk to other people’s safety. The intent element of a reckless driving charge is often subjective. This means that the police officer who cited you for reckless driving had to make a judgment call about your state of mind.
Reckless Driving Penalties in Bucks County PA
Reckless driving is classified as a summary offense. A summary offense is a minor crime like disorderly conduct or criminal mischief. However, the majority of summary offenses in Pennsylvania are traffic violations, such as speeding and reckless driving. All of these charges carry severe penalties.
The penalties for a reckless driving conviction include: up to 3 months in jail; mandatory license suspension for at least 6 months; and a $200 fine. The fine will be doubled if you were driving in a Work Zone.
You will also receive 3 points on your driver’s license if you are convicted of reckless driving. It is important that you avoid getting too many points on your driving record. If you accumulate 6 points, your license will be automatically suspended.
Enhanced Penalties for Habitual Offenders in Bucks County PA
Subsequent convictions for reckless driving or any other major traffic violation in Pennsylvania may result in enhanced penalties. This is because the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) classifies anyone with 3 or more convictions as a “habitual offender.” Major traffic violations that qualify for habitual offender status include:
- Reckless Driving
- Driving While Suspended
- Aggravated Assault by Auto
- Death by Auto
- Eluding Police
If PennDOT classifies you as a habitual offender, your driving privileges may be revoked for 5 years. Additionally, you will not be eligible for an Occupational Limited License during the period of suspension.
Enhanced Penalties for Car Accidents in Newtown PA
If you are convicted of reckless driving and you were involved in an accident that caused injury to another person, you face enhanced penalties: 3 months in jail; and a $1,000 fine.
If you are convicted of reckless driving and you were involved in an accident that caused death, you face additional penalties: 1 year in jail; and a $25,000 fine.
Contact a Bensalem PA Reckless Driving Lawyer
Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is dedicated to serving the best interests of clients. We will fight your reckless driving charge and do whatever it takes to ensure that you keep your license. Call us now to discuss your case, or email us to schedule a free consultation at our office in Bensalem, PA.