Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving

Hudson Valley Traffic Violation Lawyer

You may have been cited for reckless driving and allowed to go on your way. Do not let this fool you. Reckless driving is a misdemeanor that will go on your criminal record. It can also result in license suspension or 5 points against your driver's license if you simply pay the fine.

If you have been charged with reckless driving in New York, especially in conjunction with excessive speed or an accident, you need to know the ramifications and the options. The Law Office of Kelley M. Enderley, PC may be able to get the charge reduced to keep your license and avoid the misdemeanor conviction.

Cited for Reckless Driving?
Contact us today to schedule a consultation. We handle traffic violation representation in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, Putnam and Columbia counties and the Hudson Valley.

Reckless Driving in New York

Reckless driving is defined as operation of a motor vehicle that "unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway." Under this loose definition, a state trooper or police officer might charge recklessness under many scenarios:

  • Driving 100 mph
  • Dangerous passing or zipping in and out of traffic
  • Road rage incidents
  • Crossing over the centerline
  • Racing
  • Operating without headlights
  • Riding on the hood of a car
  • Carelessness or inattentive driving resulting in a collision

Poughkeepsie trial lawyer Kelley M. Enderley provides the experienced representation to challenge the basis for a reckless driving citation. Her goal is to reduce the ticket to a non-criminal violation, such as speeding or careless driving, to avoid any possibility of jail or license suspension, and to avoid the criminal conviction that may interfere with employment prospects.

Reckless driving is commonly issued with citations for other moving violations or traffic misdemeanors such as excessive speeding. We negotiate with local prosecutors to downgrade or dismiss the most serious charges and then deal with the remaining offenses on their merits. For example, we have arranged for clients to plead to a lesser speeding offense and enroll in a driver safety class to avoid the conviction and suspension.

Poughkeepsie Misdemeanor Traffic Charge Attorney

We welcome anyone facing reckless driving charges, including out-of-state drivers cited in New York and people who face a points suspension for prior traffic offenses. Call 888-396-8007 or e-mail us, to discuss your specific circumstances and schedule a consultation.