Is speeding reckless driving

Is speeding reckless driving

Despite the similarities between a speeding ticket and a reckless driving charge, there are several significant differences between the two. In the following section, we will explain the differences between a reckless driving by speed charge and a speeding ticket, how to determine which you have, and what steps you should take to minimize the harm from the charge. Get in touch if you'd like to learn more.

Speeding isn't as serious as reckless driving, which is a lot more serious charge than speeding. Generally, speeding is a traffic offense resulting in a fine of $250 and no jail time. While reckless driving is a misdemeanor, it could result in a prison sentence of up to 12 months. Criminal charges, such as speeding tickets, that result in convictions are permanent, but speeding tickets that result in convictions disappear from a person's record after a few years.

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will also assess points that pertain to your driving record. The maximum number of points for reckless driving is 6, while speeding tickets carry as few as three points. Additionally, reckless driving includes being convicted of a criminal offense, not a traffic infraction.

You can also demonstrate that you were reckless by having witnesses that can attest to how fast you were driving or by having evidence to mitigate your sentence, such as community service or a class on safe driving.

Learn more: Is speeding a misdemeanor?

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