distracted driving ticket attorney springfield mo

What Makes You a Reckless Driver?

Reckless driving tickets (also called “careless and imprudent driving tickets”) are typically Class B misdemeanors and can lead up to $1,000 in fines and six months of jail time. When an accident is involved, this charge bumps up to a Class A misdemeanor, and has a potential year of jail time and $2,000 max fine. Another important thing to note is that four points go against anyone’s driving record when charged with a careless and imprudent driving violation. Many reasons can be cited when you are pulled over for reckless driving, including:

·         Driving while distracted (this could be anything from texting, eating, talking on the phone, etc)

·         Not using turn signals

·         Excessive speeding over the limit

·         Not using headlights when necessary

·         Swerving through traffic

·         Tailgating

·         Not stopping at stop signs or stop lights

·         Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol (although you’ll probably be charged with a DUI rather than a reckless driving ticket for this situation, but it is still possible)

If you’ve been given a ticket for reckless driving or have been in an accident with a reckless driver, a qualified attorney can explain how your situation should best be handled.