Reckless driving is a crime punishable by the law. Driving is considered reckless when a willful disregard for the safety of others, or their property, is displayed while operating a motor vehicle. As an experienced team of Frederick, MD reckless driving attorneys, we wanted to take some time today to talk about the different penalties involved with reckless driving, and what you can do to avoid those penalties.
What Exactly is Considered Reckless Driving?
Many different traffic laws make certain actions illegal while operating a motor vehicle. One such instance of illegal activity is if you’re driving faster than the posted speed limit. Unless otherwise posted, most Maryland speed limits look something like this:
- 30mph in business districts, as well as residential districts on undivided highways.
- 35mph in residential districts on divided highways.
- 50mph in non-residential districts on undivided highways.
- 55mph in non-residential districts on divided highways.
Driving at a rate of speed higher than these, or higher than the posted limit, is enough for a police officer to pull you over and cite you for reckless driving. Additional potential reckless driving acts include:
- Driving erratically.
- Swerving from lane to lane.
- Showing disregard for other drivers.
- Showing disregard for traffic lights and signs.
- Using a cellular device while driving.
What Are the Penalties for Reckless Driving?
In Frederick, MD, reckless driving is considered a misdemeanor. The standard fine for reckless driving is $500. You can always opt to pay this fine and be done with it, or you could fight the fine in court, which could result in either a reduced/dismissed fine or the fine could be increased up to $1,000 by the judge. It all depends on the circumstances surrounding your violation.
Points will also be assigned to your driving record when you’re charged with reckless driving in Frederick, MD. Points on your record can add up if you’re a careless driver, and accumulating too many points could result in either a suspension or revocation of your license.
Received a Reckless Driving Citation? Get the Help You Deserve
The team of experienced attorneys at Albers & Associates is well-versed in Frederick, MD driving laws, and can help get you the best outcome. You don’t have to suffer from the financial burden of these fines or worry about the accumulation of points on your record when you work with an experienced reckless driving attorney. We know how stressful a time this is for you, so don’t go at it alone. Contact our team of legal experts today to set up your free consultation.