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South Brunswick NJ Reckless Driving Lawyer
Reckless driving is a serious traffic offense in South Brunswick that can result in a suspension of your license. Whether the result of excessive speeding, a DWI related stop or some other allegation of recklessness, a violation under N.J.S.A. 39:4-96 can result in serious penalties. This is one of the main reasons why anyone charged with reckless driving in South Brunswick, Carteret, Old Bridge, Sayreville or another Middlesex County municipality should hire a skilled lawyer. Attorneys at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have decades of experience, including years serving as prosecutors, to invest into your defense. In most cases these qualifications result in our lawyers avoiding a plea or finding of guilt to reckless driving. Contact our firm now for a free consultation by 732-246-2176.
Charged With Reckless Driving In Middlesex County
A reckless driving offense stems from N.J.S.A. 39:4-96 (“Reckless driving; punishment”). This law provides that:
A person who drives a vehicle heedlessly, in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of reckless driving and be punished by imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for a period of not more than 60 days, or by a fine of not less than $ 50.00 or more than $ 200.00, or both.
On a second or subsequent conviction he shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than three months, or by a fine of not less than $ 100 or more than $ 500, or both.
Explanation of Reckless Driving. Reckless driving can result from operation of a motor vehicle in any place in South Brunswick, Old Bridge or elsewhere in the state including not only on a public highway but even in a parking lot. The crux of the violation is conduct that is totally improper because of the risk that it presents to safety. It must represent a willful and wanton disregard of the welfare for others in order to result in conviction under 39:4-96. A driver is reckless when he or she “consciously disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk” of injury to personal or property. The penalties for reckless driving can be severe. A person convicted of reckless driving is subject to a fine of $50 to $200 for a first offense and $100 to $500 for a second or subsequent offense. Fines are doubled if the offense occurs in a “safe corridor” area, construction zone or in a 65 MPH zone. You can also be sentenced to up to 60 days for a first offense and 90 days for a second offense. Five motor vehicle points are imposed by the New Jersey DMV upon entry of a conviction for reckless driving. An escalation in insurance rates is also a common ramification.
Sayreville Reckless Driving Attorneys
Sayreville is much busier in terms of traffic violations, including reckless driving, than you might anticipate. The presence of both the Garden State Parkway and N.J. Route 35 are undoubtedly major factors in Sayreville ranking so high in Middlesex County for tickets and summonses for violation the motor vehicle code. If you were charged with reckless driving in Sayreville, Old Bridge, Woodbridge or another area community, our attorneys know the terrain as well as anyone. We are the largest defense firm in the region and have handled hundreds of charges in Sayreville Municipal Court over the past two decades. To speak to a lawyer on our team anytime of day or night, contact us at our Woodbridge Office by calling 732-634-0700.