Got a ticket for reckless driving.. But I was the designated driver to my friends car.
This is my first ticket for reckless driving and it states that a court appearance is required. How can I reduce my points/penalties and what could be the outcome for insurance hikes?
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Get a lawyer. Arguments could be made that as the designated driver you did not know the car would do that and perhaps a lawyer can negotiate it down a bit for you.
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Reckless 4-96 is 5 points, use an attorney for this. Careless is 2 points you do not need an attorney for that. You can normally reduce 2 points on your own,. An attorney may be able to reduce more even to a 0 pointer. but if you are a NY driver no points come across the river. Check that with Albany.
First and foremost, Reckless Driving is a serious offense which carries 5 MVC points, a possible license suspension and jail time (although the latter two don't frequently happen). I would contact a lawyer who specializes in municipal court matters.
That being said, based on the facts you have given above, I don't see any behavior that would amount to recklessness. I would go to court with an attorney and see if you can resolve the matter.
You should definitely get yourself a good traffic ticket lawyer as a reckless driving ticket for a first offense has up to 60 days in jail, 5 points and a fine. Jail is not likely based on the facts of what you stated but it is still within the discretion of the judge that's why the mandatory court appearance. More likely In place of jail the judge could suspend your drivers license for a period of time. However based on the fact that you gave I would not think that would be likely either but you never know. Generally in facts like yours a reckless driving ticket is not given thus your case either sounds easy for a lawyer to win or reduce or the charge or your missing some important information like the police officer thought you were also possibly drunk but you passed the road side tests. In either event I would urge you to get a lawyer a Reckless Driving Ticket is one bad ticket to have on your record. Good Luck.
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You may be confusing careless driving for reckless driving. One is a 2 point catchall and the other a 5 point violation that could result in a suspension of your driving privileges. Many people confuse these two charges. These do not sound like facts that would result in a reckless driving charge. The answer to the question will vary depending on the charge. If it is a reckless driving charge you should retain counsel (and make your friend pay the fee). If it is a careless driving ticket (WHICH I SUSPECT), you may still want to retain counsel, but a downgrade to a zero point offense would possible.
By the way- good job on driving your friend home and keeping everyone safe.