What exactly is reckless driving? In New York, reckless steering is a misdemeanor. The definition by New York law is “driving or using any motor vehicle, motorcycle or any other vehicle propelled by any power other than muscular power or any appliance or accessory thereof in a manner which unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or unreasonably endangers users of the public highway.”More simply put, you are prohibited from unreasonably getting in the way of, or endangering, other drivers on a public highway.

Reckless steering in New York is not a “petty” offense and it’s not an “infraction.” Reckless steering is a serious misdemeanor, and therefore it’s a crime in the state of New York. If you’re charged with reckless steering, you’ll have the right to a jury trial, and if you’re convicted, you’ll have a criminal record and you could serve time behind bars. If you are accused of reckless driving in Westchester, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, or Rockland County, you’ll need the help and services of an experienced Peekskill criminal defense attorney.

In New York, if you’re found guilty of reckless steering \, five points are put on your driver’s license, and if you compile eleven points in an 18-month period, your license will be suspended. This is huge and you need a Westchester County reckless driving attorney and you need one fast. Imagine just for a second, five points on your driving record, do you know how much your car insurance will go up?

You can also serve up to 30 days in jail for a first reckless driving offense and more time for subsequent convictions. And – as if five points and possible jail time isn’t enough – you can also be fined up to $300 plus a $93 surcharge fee. Also, reckless driving charges are not allowed to be expunged. You could also have your license revoked.

Racing, speeding, weaving, tailgating, improper passing or lane changing, and a number of other unsafe driving behaviors may constitute careless driving. The law defines it as driving that “unreasonably interferes” with traffic or “unreasonably endangers” others. Since “recklessness” is often a police officer’s judgment call, if you’re accused of reckless driving, you should fight the charge with the help of an experienced Peekskill traffic attorney.

Reckless steering is one of the most serious traffic charges you can face. It is not a good idea to go to court unrepresented. Don’t admit guilt or pay any fine for careless driving before consulting first with an experienced criminal defense attorney. A good traffic attorney can interrogate the officer who cited you and any other witnesses, bring in additional evidence, and aggressively challenge a prosecutor’s case against you. Don’t just roll over and take the fine and the points. If you’re charged with reckless steering in or near Peekskill or anywhere else in the state of New York, obtain the legal counsel you will very much need and contact an experienced Peekskill traffic attorney at the Law Office of Kimberly A. Pelesz as quickly as possible.

By: Kimberly Pelesz

Family law and criminal defense attorney Kimberly A. Pelesz received a B.S. degree magna cum laude and an M.P.A. degree summa cum laude from Binghamton University. She earned her J.D. from Pace University School of Law in White Plains, where she was selected for Phi Alpha Delta. Her charitable activities include work with My Sisters’ Place in White Plains and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Humane Education Taskforce.

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