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Reckless Driving Violations in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 39:4-96

Bergen County Criminal Lawyer with Offices in Paramus, New Jersey

reckless drivingTravis J. Tormey is an experienced defense attorney who serves on behalf of clients facing a vast array of charges, ranging from shoplifting to hindering apprehension or prosecution. With centrally located offices in Paramus and Morristown, he appears in courts throughout Northern New Jersey, including Mahwah, Hackensack, and Central Bergen Municipal Court. Having represented clients in such a wide variety of cases, Mr. Tormey has specifically formulated tactics to combat charges such as speeding, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, and reckless driving.

His extensive experience has enabled Mr. Tormey to accumulate a repository of information regarding New Jersey law in areas ranging from criminal charges to traffic violations. This enables him to identify the nuances involved in each case and thus, to best represent his clients. In fact, Mr. Tormey has been cited as a legal resource in a number of publications, including The Daily Record and The Bergen Record, as well as the AOL News. Feel free to contact him at his office at (201) 556-1570, as he provides free legal consultations.

Reckless Driving: N.J.S.A. 39:4-96

In New Jersey, all traffic violations are governed under Title 39, while Reckless Driving violations are detailed specifically in N.J.S.A. 39:4-96.

According to N.J.S.A. 39:4-96:

a. A person who drives a vehicle heedlessly, in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of reckless driving and be punished by imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for a period of not more than 60 days, or by a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $200.00, or both.

b. On a second or subsequent conviction he shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than three months, or by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $500, or both.

Reckless Driving: Potential Penalties

Clearly, reckless driving is a serious traffic violation in New Jersey, which can result in penalties including a prison term and a period of license suspension. The penalties associated with this particular offense can entail the following:

First Offense:

  • 5 New Jersey Motor Vehicle points on your driver’s license
  • A maximum sentence of 60 days to be served in the jail of the county in which the offense occurred
  • A fine of up to $200.00
  • A potential license suspension, to be imposed at the discretion of the judge

Second Offense:

  • 5 New Jersey Motor Vehicle points on your driver’s license
  • A maximum sentence of 3 months to be served in the jail of the county in which the offense occurred
  • A fine of up to $500.00
  • A potential license suspension, to be imposed at the discretion of the judge

Finding Representation for Your Reckless Driving Case

The imposition of New Jersey Motor Vehicle points on your driver’s license can negatively impact you for a variety of reasons, from increasing insurance rates, to motor vehicle surcharges, to the eventual suspension of your license if you accumulate between 10 and 12 points over time. Thus, it is imperative to retain a defense attorney who can assist you in avoiding points on your license and the negative consequences that can result. Contact The Tormey Law Firm, LLC. today at (201)-556-1570 to find help with your case.

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Hackensack Location

254 State Street

Hackensack, NJ 07601

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55 Madison Avenue Suite 400

Morristown, NJ 07960

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