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Many people view the ability to drive as a sign of independence. Most teenagers impatiently count the days until they are able to get their first taste of freedom and apply for their driver’s license. Also, many adults depend on the ability to drive for their day to day tasks such as driving to work, running errands or being able to take a leisurely road trip. A lot of responsibility is assumed when an individual takes on the task of driving. The ability to drive and operate a vehicle is a privilege and not a right.
When an individual is granted a driver’s license in the state of Florida, they agree to follow Florida’s traffic laws and regulations. The failure to follow those rules and regulations can result in the loss of the individual’s driver’s license, expensive fines and/or prison time.
If you have been charged with a reckless driving offense in Gainesville, or any of the surrounding areas of Florida, including Ocala, Alachua, and Lake City, contact the Galigani Law Firm. Dean Galigani is knowledgeable in all areas of Florida’s motor vehicle and traffic laws and may be able to help you with your alleged reckless driving traffic offense. Call the Galigani Law Firm today for a free consultation at (352) 375-0812 today.
According to Fla. Stat. § 316.192, reckless driving can occur when an individual drives any vehicle with the intentional disregard for the safety of others or property. Additionally, if an individual flees from a police officer, they can be charged with reckless driving. This is known as reckless driving per se, which means the intent of the individual does not matter. It does not matter if the individual is driving without regard for the safety of others or property; if they flee from a police officer, they can automatically be arrested and charged with reckless driving.
Reckless driving is not the same offense as careless driving. Careless driving is the failure to drive in a careful and sensible manner, according to Fla. Stat. § 316.1925. Careless driving is a lesser offense, and if reckless driving cannot be proven, an individual may be charged with careless driving. A conviction for careless driving can result in community service and/or fines.
The penalties for reckless driving in Florida can be found in Fla. Stat. § 316.192 and can vary depending on the particulars of each case. For their first reckless driving offense, an individual can be punished with a fine between $25 and $500 and/or up to 90 days in jail, or not more than 6 months of probation.
If a second or subsequent offense occurs, an individual can be punished with a fine between $50 and $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail or probation.
If damage to property occurs as the result of reckless driving, the penalty can severely increase. An individual can be charged with a misdemeanor in the first degree, which is punishable by a fine between $25 and $1,000 and/or up to one year in jail or probation.
If serious bodily injury to another individual occurs because of a reckless driving offense, the individual can be charged with a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by up to five years in a Florida state prison and/or a fine up to $5,000. Serious bodily injury is defined as an injury that can result in death or the disfigurement or impairment of a body part, according to Fla. Stat. § 316.192.
If an individual is considered a habitual felony reckless driver under Fla. Stat. §775.084, sentencing can include:
Contact the Galigani Law Firm today to discuss the particular circumstances regarding your alleged driving offense. Dean Galigani is an experienced Gainesville criminal defense lawyer who represents individuals throughout Alachua County in Florida. Contact the at (352) 375-0812 for a consultation about your alleged reckless driving offense throughout Florida, including Marion County, Levy County, Columbia County and Gilchrist County.
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