Florida Racing and Reckless Driving Charges
Orlando Traffic Violations Attorneys
Reckless driving and "racing" charges are two serious traffic violations that carry serious criminal penalties. They are also "crimes" that drivers may not even be aware they have committed. In the case of reckless driving, it may come down to the word and perception of the arresting police officer, more than anything else.
A skillful, comprehensive defense strategy may be the key to protecting your drivers' license and your liberty. If you've been ticketed for racing, drag racing, or driving recklessly on a highway or roadway in Central Florida, take immediate action to protect your rights.
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At The Umansky Law Firm in Orlando, Florida, our traffic ticket defense lawyers represent drivers who have received traffic citations in communities across Central Florida and Orange County, including Apopka, Belle Isle, Eatonville, Edgewood, Lake Buena Vista, Maitland, Ocoee, Oakland, and Winter Garden. Contact us to discuss your case. You may learn some very interesting facts about your case that you wouldn't have thought of before.
What is Racing?
Florida traffic statutes define racing as "the use of one or more motor vehicles in an attempt to … outdistance another motor vehicle, to prevent another motor vehicle from passing, to arrive at a given destination ahead of another motor vehicle…."
Sometimes drivers get charged with racing or drag racing and they are unaware that they were racing. It was the perception of the police officer that they were starting too fast or squealing tires.
What is Reckless Driving?
Florida traffic statutes define reckless driving as driving a vehicle in a manner that exhibits "willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property." Again, this is often defined by the perception of the police officer.
Racing and Reckless Driving Penalties
When you get points against your driving record for a reckless driving charge or racing ticket, it can quickly become a threat to your drivers' license. Penalties can include:
- Impounding your vehicle
- Fines and court costs ($500 for a first offense)
- License suspension or revocation, in some cases mandatory driver's license suspension
- Skyrocketing insurance rates or cancellation of your insurance altogether
- Driving school
- Possible jail time
- INCREASED MANDATORY minimum penalties for a second or subsequent reckless driving charge
Fight Traffic Tickets Whenever You Can
At The Umansky Law Firm our goal is to prevent points from going on your driving record in the first place, and to prevent your license from being suspended or revoked. We defend against all traffic infraction charges. If there are any questionable circumstances surround the ticket or the traffic stop, we investigate. If the ticketing officer cannot prove the infraction beyond a reasonable doubt, you may get the charges dismissed.
Each of our attorneys has more than a decade of criminal law experience defending both juveniles and adults, Florida tourists and interstate truck drivers charged with reckless driving, careless driving, racing, and even vehicular homicide.
We understand the seriousness of the charge and defense strategies that can get you results.
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Our Florida traffic ticket attorneys handle any traffic violation case. We will represent your interests in a Florida court of law. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express and offer customized payment plans.