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Reckless Driving

Were You Cited for Reckless Driving in New York?

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In some states, excessive speed alone can constitute reckless driving. Not so in New York. According to Section 1212 of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law, “Reckless driving shall mean driving … in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway.”

If a driver has been cited for driving at a high rate of speed — perhaps more than 100 mph — it is important to note that New York courts have held that speeding alone is not enough for a reckless driving charge. Rather, the police officer must report some means of interfering with others using the roads or creating an unreasonable danger — such as driving while intoxicated or driving erratically.

To be more specific about what constitutes recklessness, according to Penal Law Section 15.05(3), “[a] person acts recklessly with respect to a result or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense when he is aware of and consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that such result will occur or that such circumstance exists. The risk must be of such nature and degree that disregard thereof constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of conduct that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.”

Contact an Experienced New York Municipal Traffic Lawyer

Skillful interpretation and analysis of the laws and facts pertaining to your particular criminal traffic violation citation, such as your reckless driving citation or high-speed traffic ticket in New York, will be fundamental to our representation if our law firm handles your case.

Whether you were ticketed in Albany, Troy, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, Amsterdam or another New York city, contact us to learn how we can help you recover your driving privileges after license suspension in connection with your reckless driving charges.

If you have been charged with driving without a license, failing to submit driver responsibility assessment fees on time, DWI or another traffic violation, schedule your free consultation with an experienced lawyer at one of our New York law offices in Albany or Schenectady by calling 866-642-3807.

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