New York criminal defense law firm Tilem & Campbell has noticed an increase in the number of client’s charged in New York City with Reckless Driving under Vehicle & Traffic Law 1212. Reckless Driving is a serious offense in that unlike most traffic offenses, it is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail. In addition, the New York Department of Motor Vehicles will assess 5 points on your driver’s license and conviction can leave you with a permanent criminal record in New York.
It seems that these tickets are being given out for almost any conduct and judges seem reluctant to dismiss them. We are often seeing these tickets given in connection with a motorist that “squeals” their tires.
Tickets in New York City for Reckless Driving are returnable in the Criminal Court and not the DMV Courts that adjudicate traffic violations in the City of New York. While these tickets are extremely serious and not to be taken lightly, the lawyers at this firm have had overwhelming success getting these tickets reduced to non-point violations with small fines.
Any motorist who receives a Reckless Driving (VTL 1212) ticket should contact an attorney to discuss their options. Like any criminal offense, these tickets should be treated very seriously and can have very serious consequences.