Attorney Kevin J. Pitts is a former Assistant State Attorney who has prosecuted and defended reckless driving cases in Florida. In 2015 Seminole County had 124 reckless driving cases. Mr. Pitts frequently handles Sanford reckless driving cases, Lake Mary reckless driving cases, Altamonte Springs reckless driving cases, Winter Springs reckless driving cases, Longwood reckless driving cases and reckless driving cases throughout Seminole County. When defending a Seminole County reckless driving case the defense attorney has a multi prong approach to get the best possible outcome. The first step is to review the case and see if a legal basis for the charge exists. In other words is this a case the prosecutor can prove to a reasonable jury. Simply speeding is not sufficient without other aggravating factors to sustain a reckless driving conviction in Florida. Just because someone gets into an accident does not automatically mean they drove in a reckless manner. 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 to negotiate the best possible resolution. The mandatory minimum penalty for reckless driving in Seminole County is approximately $375 court cost and withhold of adjudication keeping points of your license. A withhold of adjudication is still a criminal traffic offense but it can be sealed once the case is closed and then expunged after 10 years.
While most Seminole County reckless driving cases are misdemeanors in some cases they can become serious felonies with a possibility of prison. This happens when someone is seriously injured or dies. In Florida serious injury is an injury to another person which creates a substantial risk of death, permanent disability or permanent physical disfigurement. If the accused has a prior reckless driving the misdemeanor punishments can also be enhanced. Call 407-883-6853 for a free case evaluation by Seminole County reckless driving attorney Kevin J. Pitts.
A common negotiation goal in a valid Sanford reckless driving case is to try to get the charge amended to careless driving. The approximate fine is $166 but could be as high as $500. With a careless driving case the state can get similar punishment as in a reckless driving case. The 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 like a speeding ticket 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. The willful element of a reckless driving case is what makes it difficult for a prosecutor to prove. People accidently drive bad all the time. Just because someone drives in a way that irritates an officer doesn't mean it is reckless driving.
Most careers will not
have issues with a reckless driving reduced to a careless driving traffic
ticket (pilots, truckers and a few other careers might have issues with a
traffic ticket). Volusia County 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. Call 407-883-6853 for a free case evaluation.
Seminole County Reckless Driving Attorney Kevin J. Pitts 4195 N 17-92 Sanford, FL 32773 407-268-3688
Volusia County Reckless Driving Lawyer Kevin J. Pitts 747 South Ridgewood Ave., #105 Daytona Beach, FL 32114 386-451-5112