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Last updated on March 8, 2022

Even though reckless driving may seem like a trivial issue, it can quickly lead to significant consequences if handled inefficiently or carelessly. Criminal defense attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts of the DeRoberts Law Firm has handled countless traffic violation cases and has specific experience dealing with reckless driving and racing charges throughout Central New York. Jeffrey DeRoberts provides the tenacious advocacy you need when facing reckless driving or racing charges. Our firm can often get your charges reduced or dismissed, and we work hard to do everything possible to protect your driving record and privileges.

Do Not Let Seemingly Minor Traffic Violations Lead To Bigger Problems

While it is true that a racing or reckless driving charge is certainly less serious than offenses such as a DWI or drug possession, there are still significant fines and punishments that will undoubtedly affect your life. New York law defines reckless driving as driving or using any motor vehicle, motorcycle or any other vehicle propelled by power other than muscular power in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway.

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor that adds five points to your driving record. Often reckless driving charges are coupled with other violations such as speeding, illegal passing and failing to yield the right of way. Combining reckless driving and speeding means you could potentially face numerous points on your record, fines upwards of $2000 and suspension of your license.

Racing is also prohibited in New York and constitutes a misdemeanor. Consequences of racing include:

  • First conviction? Up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of $300 – $525
  • Second conviction? If within 12 months of a previous racing violation, up to six months in jail and/or a fine of $525/$750

Recently, the New York State Senate passed legislation that provides for harsher penalties for high-speed drag racing. Known as Michelle and Jordan’s Law, this bill provides that a second conviction within 12 months results in a Class E felony punishable by up to one year in jail. An experienced Syracuse reckless driving defense attorney provides the resources and information you need to understand how new laws may affect your case.

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If you’ve been charged with a traffic violation, it is important that you take proactive steps to minimize the consequences you face. Attorney Jeffrey DeRoberts of the DeRoberts Law Firm regularly saves clients time and money while protecting driving privileges.Schedule a free consultation at your convenience by calling us or sending us an email.