A reckless driving citation will require a mandatory court appearance on the part of the defendant. This is because reckless driving is a serious misdemeanor offense, not an infraction (such as a simple traffic ticket) which can be paid and then forgotten about.
You will face real criminal penalties if you are found guilty of reckless driving, and as such you should not hesitate or delay in consulting a defense lawyer as soon as possible.
The relevant law/statute Ga. Code Ann., § 40-6-390. Reckless driving provides:(a) Any person who drives any vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property commits the offense of reckless driving.(b) Every person convicted of reckless driving shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 or imprisonment not to exceed 12 months, or by both such fine and imprisonment, provided that no provision of this Code section shall be construed so as to deprive the court imposing the sentence of the power given by law to stay or suspend the execution of such sentence or to place the defendant on probation.
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Reckless driving is a criminal offense which is charged as a misdemeanor in Georgia. Reckless Driving is driving any vehicle with a reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property.
You can be cited for Reckless Driving by greatly exceeding the speed limit - i.e. you can be charged with speeding going 95 mph in a 55 zone and the officer can also charge you with reckless driving under the circumstances. Changing lanes in an erratic manner and many other circumstances can result in a citation for Reckless Driving.
A conviction for this serious traffic offense may result in jail time, fines, community service and other penalties. Additionally, a reckless driving conviction will result in 4 points on a person’s driving record. Accumulating enough points on one’s driving record will result in driver’s license suspension as well as increased insurance premiums.
Working with an experienced traffic law attorney is a wise choice if you have been accused of reckless driving. A skilled defense lawyer can help you avoid a conviction and therefore can end up saving you hundreds or possibly thousands of dollars or more on the increased insurance costs that you may have otherwise experienced had you accumulated points on your driving record. Not only that, a lawyer can help you avoid spending time in jail and paying heavy fines.
You have nothing to lose by consulting Attorney David A. Lipton as soon as possible. He offers a free consultation to discuss your reckless driving charges and helps clients throughout Atlanta and the surrounding areas in Georgia.