Reckless driving is not just a traffic ticket, it is a crime. Florida law defines it as driving in manner that shows a disregard for the well being and safety of other people or property. Speeding, by itself, is not reckless driving. Speeding, hopping curbs, weaving in and out of traffic, and running stop signs – reckless driving.
Under Florida law it can result in jail time, especially if you do not have the greatest driving history or you caused an accident. In addition to jail time, you will be looking at points on your license, which will cause you to lose your addition or, at best, watch the price of it skyrocket.
Sometimes, however, a reckless driving conviction can be a good thing. No, I’m not crazy. If you are charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI), often times a plea to the lesser charge of reckless driving is a big win. You do not have to get special DUI insurance, you do not have a DUI on your record, your driver’s license doesn’t get suspended, the list goes on.