New York State has a very loose definition of the criminal offense of Reckless Driving. Basically, driving or using a motor vehicle, motorcycle or anything else not propelled by muscle power in a way which unreasonably interferes with the use of a public highway, or in way that unreasonably endangers users of the public highway, can be charged as Reckless Driving.
Obviously, different people have differing views on what may be “unreasonable” driving activities, and if you are charged with this offense, it helps to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands this area of law. Generally, cases of Reckless Driving usually involve multiple violations of other Vehicle and Traffic laws that indicate an indifference to the safety of others.
For example, speeding by itself – even at a high rate of speed – usually will not be found sufficient to support a charge of Reckless Driving. Speeding down a busy Buffalo street without stopping for red lights and stop signs, however, would usually be considered dangerous enough to support the charge.
Because the definition of Reckless Driving is vague, it is not unusual to be able to challenge this charge with the help of a good lawyer. If you have been charged with Reckless Driving, call us at 716-542-5444. We would be happy to hear the details of your situation.
If you’ve received a ticket for reckless driving, call the New York Defense Attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer at 716-542-5444. Our attorneys will be happy to help you with your ticket.