We have all seen drivers that clearly pose a risk to the general public. Whether it is a driver who seems like he or she may be drunk to a person who is obviously engaging in distracted driving, there are countless ways that a driver could be reckless.
What a Philadelphia couple recently saw on the Schuylkill Expressway, however, may take the cake. According to a report published by WPVI-TV Philadelphia, the couple sent them a video of a woman using her phone while driving her car with her feet. The eyewitnesses said that they were in the area of the woman for 20 minutes and her swerving and tried to get her to put her phone down at one point to no avail.
Penalties for Reckless Driving in New Jersey
While this incident took place in Pennsylvania, there is a good chance that the same conduct in New Jersey would result in a reckless driving case. Under New Jersey law, reckless driving occurs when a driver knowingly engages in conduct that poses a safety risk to the public. It is often used as an “add-on” offense to cases involving drunk driving, speeding, or other traffic offenses that were particularly egregious and dangerous. It is a serious traffic offense that can result in significant consequences, including the following:
- Jail time
- License Suspension
- Higher insurance rates
Fortunately, there are often ways that an attorney can help defend against allegations of reckless driving and can help avoid a conviction. Even if there are no legal defenses available, your lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor handling your case that reduces the offense of which you are convicted to one significantly less serious than reckless driving. Agreements like these often avoid the most serious consequences associated with a conviction in return for paying higher fines.
Call (732) 204-7387 today for more information.
Reckless driving is a serious traffic offense, and any accused of it should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with New Jersey criminal defense attorney David C. Barry, call our office today at 732-204-7387.