Willful, Wanton & Reckless Driving

When you obtain a driver’s license in the state of Florida, you are expected to adhere to the proper guidelines and traffic laws. You should drive with a sense of care and responsibility to keep yourself and the people around you safe. When every driver acts accordingly, the roads can be safe and automobile accidents and catastrophes can be minimized.

Reckless Driving Lawyers in Gainesville, FL

Unfortunately, reckless driving in Florida occur at astounding rates. If you have received a reckless driving charge, you should contact a reliable reckless driving lawyer at the Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates. Our experienced criminal attorneys are proud to serve Gainesville, FL, and the surrounding areas. Reckless driving is often regarded as negligence. If it is not your first offense, (and even if it is), you may receive penalties such as expensive fees and even jail time. To lessen the harm and seek out an effective solution, you must rely on an experienced reckless driving attorney.

Careless vs. Reckless Driving

In the state of Florida, the crime of willful, wanton and reckless driving is governed by Statute 316.192. It is illegal to operate a vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of people and property.

  • Reckless driving can be considered the same as the civil infraction of “careless driving” with the added element of intent. Reckless driving is when the driver knows that he/she is operating his/her vehicle in an unsafe manner that may result in damage to property or compromise the safety and wellbeing of other people.
  • Careless driving is driving that is not done in a careful and prudent manner. For example, a driver who goes several miles over the speed limit during a rain storm, or makes a right-hand turn without checking that both right and left directions are clear, is participating in careless behavior on the road. Careless drivers often commit mistakes and errors that results in an accidents (although they are usually not intentional or purposeful).

Reckless driving may be difficult to prove because it is so similar to careless driving, which is a civil offense (as opposed to a criminal offense). For example, fleeing from a law enforcement officer always meets the requirements of reckless driving, however, it is generally charged as fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer.  

Reckless Driving Penalties

A first conviction for willful, wanton and reckless driving is considered a second degree misdemeanor or “specified traffic offense” and carries up to 90 days in jail, 6 months of probation, and/or a $500 fine. A second or subsequent offense is also a second degree misdemeanor but the maximum incarceration is increased from 90 days to 180 days jail. If the reckless driving resulted in property damage, the offense is a first degree misdemeanor with a maximum of one year in jail, one year of probation and/or a $1,000 fine. A conviction for willful, wanton and reckless driving where bodily injury resulted is a third degree felony with a maximum of 5 years in prison, 5 years of probation and up to a $5,000 fine.

Experienced Reckless Driving Attorneys

From DWIs (driving while impaired) and DUIs (driving under the influence) to failure to use traffic signals accordingly and general driver negligence, experienced reckless driving defense lawyers in Gainesville, FL, can assist you. It does not matter what fine or offense you may be charged with. Reckless driving may seem like a simple charge, but it can have dreadful effects on your life and others.

Allow our knowledgeable, trustworthy team to help you. Contact the Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates today for a criminal defense consultation.