Daytona Beach Reckless Driving Attorney Announces Merger
Daytona Beach reckless driving attorney Kevin Pitts focuses on criminal and civil traffic defense. Mr. Pitts is working with attorneys througout Florida to defend against reckless driving cases.
Daytona Beach reckless driving lawyer Kevin J. Pitts focuses his practice on defending those accused of a crime. Mr. Pitts has extensive traffic law experience as a former prosecutor and defense attorney.
In a Daytona Beach or Volusia County reckless driving case, many individuals think it is simply a traffic ticket they have to go to court for. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Reckless driving is a criminal offense classified as a second degree misdemeanor.
Reckless driving and DUI are hybrid misdemeanors that by statute can carry more serious punishment than a typical second degree misdemeanor. The maximum jail sentence is increased by statute from 60 days to 90 days. The maximum fine remains at $500 and maximum probation term is 6 months. If the court believes alcohol is involved, the 12 hour DUI course can be required along with any treatment that is recommended. If the treatment or class are not completed the accused’s driver’s license can be suspended. Entering a plea to a reckless driving charge can leave a driver with a criminal record. Depending on the terms of the plea and the accused’s record, that criminal record could be permanent.
If you are accused of reckless driving in Daytona Beach or Volusia County you have options. The reckless driving statute requires the state to prove that your driving willfully endangered the person or property of another. Simply speeding is not sufficient to show that person or property was endangered and by itself cannot sustain a reckless driving conviction. If the driving does endanger person or property, the state must establish that the act was willful.
Negligence is sufficient for a non-criminal careless driving citation but is not adequate for a reckless driving charge. Careless driving can be a common negotiating tool in reckless driving cases. If the case is amended to careless driving, the accused can avoid a criminal record and save money with reduced fines and court costs.
Volusia County had 222 reckless driving cases in 2012. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts has prosecuted and defended reckless driving cases in Volusia County. Mr. Pitts also has a site dedicated to reckless driving law and defenses. Kevin Pitts is a criminal defense attorney with offices in Daytona Beach and Sanford.
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