Reckless driving or operating a vehicle is one of the most common charges people get on the road of Ohio. There are hundreds of drivers every day who gets pulled over due to the charges of reckless driving. It is generally when a driver is driving or operating a vehicle on the road purposefully or intentionally while posing threat to other drivers on the road, they are charged for reckless driving. While the individual charge of reckless driving can get you additional points on the driver’s license and fines, getting charged for it with other offenses can bring in some long term unwanted consequences. If you have been pulled over for reckless driving, then getting in touch with a Youngstown traffic lawyer will be the right option for you.
At Youngstown Criminal Law Group, we have represented many clients who had been charged for reckless driving in Ohio. Our Ohio traffic lawyer is experienced and able to help you get the best outcome.
Reckless driving comes under the Ohio Revised Code or ORC 4511.20 as the operation of the vehicle, streetcar, trolley, or anything on the road or the highway with the purpose or the intention that can be harmful or destructive to the other vehicles and properties on the road.
Examples of Reckless Driving
These are the examples of purposeful reckless driving,
- Passing a stationary school bus
- Not yielding to emergency vehicle
- Swerving, aggressive driving or not paying attention to the traffic signs
- Speeding more than necessary
Penalties You Can Face Due to Reckless Driving
If you are pulled over and charged with the first offense, then you will be charged for a minor misdemeanor. For that, you will have to pay a fine of $150. If you are pulled over for reckless driving and you have a charge in the last one year for some other traffic violation, then it will be a fourth degree misdemeanor and for that, you will get up to 30 days in jail and fines up to $250.
If you are pulled over for reckless driving and you have two or more convictions for traffic rule violations in the last one year, then it will be a third degree misdemeanor for you. For that, you will get up to 60 days in jail and fines up to $500.
Along with the fines and the jail time, for reckless driving in Ohio, you will get more 4 points on your driver’s license. If you have already accumulated 12 points, then your license will be suspended.
All of these penalties and scenarios can be quite daunting and confusing. And that is why you need the assistance of a Youngstown traffic lawyer. An experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate lawyer will understand how you must be feeling with all these charges and he will defend you aggressively in court.
Connect with Youngstown traffic lawyer
At Youngstown Criminal Law Group, you will get in touch with the most renowned Ohio traffic lawyer Sean Logue. He will listen to your case diligently and will ensure that you get the best outcome from the case.
For more details, give us a call at (330) 625-9199 right away.