Reckless Driving and DUI Charges in Tampa

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Similar to driving under the influence, reckless driving is one type of traffic offense that involves driving a car, truck or any other type of motor vehicle in a reckless or irresponsible manner with a willful disregard for the safety of others. It is an offense that often results in imprisonment and fines for an individual who is convicted. Without the legal assistance of an aggressive Tampa DUI defense attorney, you may be facing the maximum penalties just for the first offense of reckless driving.

Penalties for Reckless Driving in Florida

According to the Florida Statutes Section 316.192, reckless driving is a moving violation that is punishable by imprisonment for no more than 90 days or by a fine between $25 and $500, or by both imprisonment and a fine. Reckless driving often times involves the use of alcohol, in which an individual may be arrested for drunk driving. Fleeing a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle is a separate felony charge that is punishable by up to five years in prison. If the person drives at a high speed, or in a reckless manner, the charge becomes a second degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

A second conviction for reckless driving is penalized with imprisonment for not more than 6 months and a fine up to $1,000. If another individual is seriously injured at the time of your reckless driving arrest, you may find yourself facing third degree felony charges in the state of Florida.

Charged with reckless driving in Tampa?

Being accused of reckless driving, Fleeing and Eluding, or DUI are extremely serious situations that require a creative approach to defend the charges. Fortunately, our legal team has built a reputation in the legal community for our ability to effectively defend cases involving serious traffic charges. If you have been charged with drunk driving or reckless driving, it is important to secure representation at once.

Attorney Timothy Hessinger served as a state prosecutor for 15 years, and this experience provides us with an insider's advantage to defend your case. For exceptional legal representation with a reckless driving charge, contact a Tampa DUI defense lawyer from The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger immediately.

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