Reckless Driving is a Criminal Traffic Offense in Florida. This document is meant to better inform those charged with Reckless Driving in Florida of their options regarding the protection of their driver’s license, limit insurance increases, points and the available defenses in court.
You can’t just pay a Reckless Driving ticket. It’s a criminal charge and it is handled by the State Attorney’s prosecutors. Reckless Driving carries a penalty of up to ninety days in jail and a fine of $500.00 plus Court Costs for the first offense. It also carries four points and a criminal misdemeanor record.
Reckless Driving is a crime of opinion. It is hard to prove if the Judge applies the proper standard. There must be a showing of criminal intent, and it’s one person’s word against another. Some police officers charge a driver with Reckless Driving when a driver was negligent. You simply need more than negligence to satisfy the intent requirement.