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Don’t Let a Careless or Reckless Driving Charge in Pennsylvania Ruin Your Life!
Fight for Your Rights and Freedom to Drive
In Pennsylvania, careless driving and reckless driving are serious traffic offenses. These charges are much more serious than a simple ticket. A simple traffic citation can possibly lead to jail time and a driver’s license suspensions.
You are likely quite frustrated and perhaps full of regret now that you are facing criminal charges. You may have been in a rush or had a legitimate reason for driving the way you did. Perhaps, however, you are not guilty at all.
Whatever the case, we can help. We have represented many people in Pennsylvania criminal courts and know that you need the help of a skilled and experienced law firm.
PA Careless Driving Laws
You may be found guilty of a careless driving offense if you are found driving in a manner that shows careless disregard for the safety of others. This is a summary offense, similar to a ticket. It is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and fines. You will also suffer 3 points on your driver’s license for this offense.
Falling asleep while driving is also charged as careless driving.
Ref: 75 Pa. C.S.§3714
PA Reckless Driving Laws
You may be charged with reckless driving if you drive with willfull or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. Similar to careless driving, this is a summary offense. You may serve up to 90 days in jail as well as a fine of at least $200.
This offense will also land you a 6 month suspension of your driving privileges. If you incur three or more reckless driving charges you will lose your license for 5 years.
Ref: 75 Pa. C.S.§3736
It is important to note that if, in your driving, you injure someone you can be charged with assault. Your vehicle can be considered a deadly weapon and you could be facing far more serious felony charges.
Assault with a deadly weapon can land you in prison for up to 10 years.
Both careless and reckless driving are very broad offenses. There are many driving behaviors that could be considered careless and reckless.
In cases like these, we may be able to argue that your driving was neither careless nor reckless and get your traffic citation dismissed.
Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Police Officer
This offense happens when you fail to stop for an officer who has signaled you to pull over. Fleeing or attempting to elude is a 2nd degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 2 years in prison.
Ref: 75 Pa. C.S.§3733
What Can Happen to Me When Facing a Serious Traffic Citation in Pennsylvania?
With all of these offenses you should know that your auto insurance can rise or you may be dropped from your insurance company when you are considered a higher risk for them.
You can also be facing a suspended driver’s license, and a criminal record that can follow your for life, and show up as a black mark anytime someone does a background check on you – for a job, apartment, or any reason now that these things are so cheap and easy.
Free Consultation on PA Traffic Citations
Facing criminal charges or even a minor summary offense is no easy thing. You shouldn’t have to do it alone. And you should not have to figure out the consequences all by yourself. Call me to find out what I can do for you at (888) 412-3298.
We represents clients facing traffic and criminal charges anywhere across Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Lebanon, Carlisle and Lancaster, and in Bucks, Montgomery, Northampton, and Lehigh Counties. In Western Pennsylvania, we cover areas including the Pittsburgh, PA metro area and Allegheny County. Call anytime there’s no obligation.