Reckless Driving may be charged if a person who drives any vehicle does so in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. Fleeing a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle is also considered reckless driving, and the accused may also be arrested for eluding law enforcement and any other crime the individual commits while attempting to elude law enforcement officers.
Relating to a Reckless Driving charge where the accused did not try to elude law enforcement, a conviction for a first offense of Reckless Driving may result in imprisonment for a period of not more than 90 days or by fine of not less than $25 nor more than $500, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
A Conviction for a Second Offense of Reckless Driving may result in imprisonment for not more than 6 months or by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,000, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
If Reckless Driving results in property damage and/or minor bodily injury, it is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by a definite term of imprisonment not exceeding 1 year. If the Reckless Driving results in serious bodily injury, it is a felony of the third degree, punishable by a term of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years.
If the Reckless Driving results in the death of another, an additional charge of vehicular manslaughter may be warranted under Florida Law.
Reckless Driving may also give law enforcement probable cause to conduct a vehicle search or perform roadside tests for suspicion of a DUI or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
As with any criminal charges, it is imperative that you be made fully aware of your legal rights, options, and potential defense strategies that may be available to you.