The author of this site is a Daytona Beach reckless driving attorney and Daytona Beach DUI lawyer. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts is a former Daytona Beach DUI prosecutor. In a Daytona Beach reckless driving case the defense has a multi prong approach to get the best possible result. The first step is to review the case and see if a legal basis for the charge exists. Simply speeding is not sufficient without other aggravating factors to sustain a reckless driving conviction in Florida. If a factual basis exists for the case and it is unlikely that the defense can prevail at trial or motion the next step is negotiation. The mandatory minimum penalty for reckless driving in Volusia County is approximately $386 fines and court cost withhold of adjudication keeping points of your license. A withhold of adjudication is still a criminal traffic offense.
A common negotiation goal in a valid Daytona Beach reckless driving case is to try to get the charge amended to careless driving. The approximate fine is $168 but could be as high as $500. The basic idea is that the state can get the same punishment out of the careless driving as the reckless driving. A 4 hour, 8 hour or 12 hour traffic school can be attached to either offense. The difference is that careless driving is a civil traffic infraction similar to speeding and reckless driving is a crime. The statutes are very similar. Careless driving is basically a negligent act that endangers person or property. Reckless driving is a willful act that endangers person or property.
Most careers will not have issues with a traffic ticket (pilots, truckers and a few other careers might have issues with a traffic ticket). Daytona Beach reckless driving lawyer Kevin J. Pitts can submit a waiver of appearance at pre-trial and might be able to resolve your case without your presence (if you reside outside of Volusia County a plea and waiver can avoid personal appearance and if the case is reduced to careless driving an attorney can resolve a civil infraction without you). If your case is not reduced to civil traffic infraction it might still be resolved in one court appearance (if pre-trial motions and trial were required multiple appearances would be necessary). A typical arraignment can last hours. Pre-trial could also last well over an hour. Hiring an attorney can avoid the requirement of sitting in a courtroom for hours each court appearance. This can save you time and money when missed work is calculated.
Volusia County Reckless Driving Lawyer Kevin J. Pitts 747 South Ridgewood Ave., #105 Daytona Beach, FL 32114 386-451-5112
Seminole County Reckless Driving Attorney Kevin J. Pitts 4195 N 17-92 Sanford, FL 32773 407-268-3688