Racing and Reckless Driving Lawyers in Orlando

Traffic Ticket Attorneys Orlando

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.” This is often defined by the perception of the police officer.

Reckless driving is a common charge in every part of the country but particularly in Florida. Regardless of the age of the driver, being distracted is a regular problem. People are texting, talking on their cellphones, drinking coffee, eating, or trying to do hair and makeup while driving. There are always ongoing conversations with others or something that catches the eye, meaning drivers are not concentrating the way that they should. The result can mean an accident that is one’s own fault or someone becomes an unfortunate victim.

Contact us to discuss your case during a free case review. You may learn some very interesting facts about your case that you wouldn’t have thought of before.

Defending Reckless Driving Charges

When a driver has been accused of reckless driving and issued a ticket, there may be a plausible explanation that is not due to recklessness. For instance, a person may go into cardiac arrest or have a seizure. A vehicle malfunction may occur due to faulty equipment, resulting in brakes failing or the accelerator to cause an extreme burst of speed. While such incidents may not be as common, it is still not acceptable to issue a reckless driving ticket when someone does not have all of the facts.

A lawyer with expertise in the area of traffic law and infractions will be able to get to the heart of the matter and take the case to court, proving without a shadow of a doubt whether a person is guilty of reckless driving or is a victim of circumstance. Police officers in Florida often let any unexplained or unclear traffic incident fall under the umbrella of reckless driving without just cause. For anyone who has experienced being charged with reckless driving, they need to know that they can protect their rights.

Florida Racing Laws

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.

Drag racing, street racing or racing on highways is a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida, subject to the following penalties:

Racing Offense Penalties
First offense
  • One year driver’s license suspension
  • $500 to $1,000 fine
  • Up to 12 months in jail
  • Impoundment or immobilization of your vehicle
Second offense within five years
  • Your driver’s license can be suspended for two years
  • Police can seize your vehicle under the Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act in Florida

Racking Or Reckless Driving Charges? Contact Us For A Free Consultation.

Either of these offenses can result in points on your driver’s license and an increase in your insurance rates. The Umansky Law Firm can help you keep your driving record clean. Call us at 407-228-3838 or contact us online to arrange your free consultation.

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Withhold with 6 months probation and impulse control; adjudication withheld

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CT- Driving under the influence car

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Grand Theft Third Degree

Adjudicated Guilty; One day jail/one day time serve; Restitution fees; Court Cost

Petit Theft < 300

We negotiated an agreement that entailed the State dropping the charge after our client completed a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. The Charge was dropped via a Nolle Prosequi.

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Withhold of Adjudication; No points on license; Paid fine and clerk cost; 8 hour aggressive driver class; 90 days to satisfy fine and class

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No Information Notice - Charges Dropped

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Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

DUI with Minor In Car or BAL of .20 or Higher

Pled No Contest, 1 Year Probation, 10 day Car Impound, Community Service

Motion to Modify Probation

Motion Granted in 48 hours

Petit Theft

Adjudication Withheld, 4 Months probation, Costs/Fines, Impulse Control Class

Petit Theft of $100 or MORE (M1)

Nolle Prosequi

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Case Dropped

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