Sarasota Reckless Driving Lawyers

Have you been charged with reckless driving? Be aware that this is no ordinary traffic violation. This is a criminal charge, punishable not only with fines and points against your driver's license, but also with up to 60 days in jail. If you want to avoid jail and all other repercussions, hiring a Sarasota reckless driving attorney at The Murphy Law Group should be your first step.

Reckless Driving Versus Careless Driving

People often use the terms reckless driving and careless driving interchangeably, even though they are two different traffic infractions. Police officers may even charge people with reckless driving when careless driving would have been more appropriate.

Reckless driving is defined under Florida law as driving with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of other people or property. Simply driving too fast or passing improperly is likely not enough to demonstrate willful and wanton disregard. In fact, willful and wanton disregard speaks to the driver's state of mind, not his or her actions, so it can be difficult to prove. Our law firm features a former prosecutor who knows how to hold prosecutors up to the burden of proof and how to fight charges like reckless driving.

Careless driving, which is not a criminal charge like reckless driving, is more appropriate in many situations. However, the definitions of the two charges are similar. We may pursue reduction from reckless driving to careless driving or, if appropriate, dismissal of charges.

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