In South Florida, driving a car or truck is a necessity of life for most people. Some of the most fundamental aspects of day-to-day living are dependent upon driving: getting to work, visiting the doctor, and going to the grocery store are but a few of the daily activities that most people accomplish only with the use of a car and/or truck.
However, driving is also an inherently dangerous activity. In 2011, over 30,000 people were killed in traffic accidents throughout the United States. The State of Florida ranks third in the amount of traffic fatalities per year, behind only California and Texas.
Due to the danger associated with driving, law enforcement and prosecutors in the State of Florida vigorously enforce the traffic laws. One of the most commonly charged traffic crimes in Florida is the offense of reckless driving. Often, those charged with reckless driving don’t understand the magnitude of the offense, because police typically don’t place people under arrest for reckless driving. Rather, the police frequently hand an accused a traffic citation, which looks and appears to be nothing more than a traffic ticket. It surprises many to learn that a traffic ticket for reckless driving is, in fact, a criminal charging document.
If you've been pulled over, don't hesitate to call our Weston criminal defense attorney. The Law Office of Kevin F. Moot can be reached at (954) 371-0770.
It is important to note that speeding alone will not establish reckless driving. However, when speeding occurs in an inherently dangerous environment, such as in a residential neighborhood where children and/or other people are present, it is possible to face criminal liability for reckless driving, if the both the speed and the surrounding circumstances indicate a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. Likewise, speeding while weaving in and out of traffic may also result in charges of reckless driving.
Contact our Weston criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Kevin F Moot for a free consultation to discuss your Reckless Driving case.