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If you were convicted of reckless driving in New Jersey, you will need to retain the services of an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney to help you combat your charges. At McNerney & McAuliffe, our firm is dedicated to fighting for you and your future.

What is reckless driving in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, you can be given a reckless driving ticket for various different reasons. Reckless driving in New Jersey is determined when someone is driving a vehicle “heedlessly, in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger a person’s property.” For instance, you can get a ticket for driving 30 miles per hour over the speed limit or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. You may also be charged with driving recklessly if you damage another property with your vehicle.

What happens if I am charged with reckless driving in New Jersey?

You will likely face harsh life-long consequences if you have been charged with reckless driving in New Jersey. It is also important to note that the penalties will increase as the amount of additional reckless driving offenses increases. Individuals who have been charged with a first offense of reckless driving can expect the following punishments:

  • 5 points on your driving record
  • Imprisonment up to 60 days
  • A fine of up to $200
  • License suspension

Furthermore, if an individual receives a second reckless driving ticket, the results will be even more severe. They will likely include the following:

  • Fines of up to $500
  • Imprisonment up to 90 days
  • License suspension

What will happen if I get points on my driver’s license?

If you receive points on your license in New Jersey, you can expect your insurance premium to rise. This indicates that even with one ticket, you will be paying for months, or even years worth of expenses. Moreover, if someone has 6 or more points on their license within three years, they will likely need to pay a $150 fine.

If you have been charged with reckless driving in New Jersey, contact our experienced criminal defense attorneys to examine your case and your options. Our firm is dedicated to protecting you and your future.


Here at McNerney & McAuliffe, we understand how confusing certain legal matters can be, which is why we are here to provide clients from all walks of life with the experienced, compassionate legal guidance they need. If you require the legal assistance of an attorney to help you through a criminal law matter, personal injury matter, family law matter, or otherwise, you can turn to us. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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