Lake County Reckless Driving Attorney Kevin J. Pitts has handled many reckless driving cases as a former Florida prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. In addition to fighting the charge, we will look into negotiating for a reduced charge to a non-criminal traffic infraction, and can negotiate for a withhold of adjudication to keep points off your driver’s license and avoid a formal conviction. The State Attorney’s office will typically request a driver’s improvement class along with a fine if a reduction to a non-criminal traffic ticket is negotiated. There are numerous defenses to reckless driving cases, but each case is different and we will need to look at the facts of YOUR case! Call 352-508-7575 today for a free reckless driving case evaluation by Kevin J. Pitts. Mr. Pitts has extensive criminal traffic experience as a former DUI prosecutor and criminal defense attorney.
If the case is reduced to a civil traffic infraction you will not have a criminal record. Attorneys Kevin J. Pitts and Associates are experienced in helping Lake County residents charged with criminal traffic offenses. We would be happy to discuss your case with you. Retaining an experienced criminal traffic attorney can help you achieve the best possible outcome in your Lake County case. The initial consultation is always free. Call Lake County reckless driving attorneys Kevin J. Pitts today at 352-508-7575 to set up a free initial consultation. We handle reckless and wet reckless driving throughout Central Florida.
Reckless driving in Lake County is a hybrid misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail, 12 months of probation and a $500 fine. A second reckless driving can be punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. If serious bodily injury occurs the case can be charged as a third degree felony with a maximum punishment of 5 years in prison, 5 years on probation and a $5,000 fine. In addition to any other penalties if the court has reasonable cause to believe that the use of alcohol, chemical substances or substances controlled under chapter 893 contributed to the reckless driving (called a wet reckless), the court shall direct the driver to complete a DUI program substance abuse education course and evaluation. The DUI program conducting the evaluation can refer the driver to an authorized substance abuse treatment provider for substance abuse evaluation and treatment. If the driver does not complete the treatment the court shall suspend their driver’s license. In 2016 Lake County had 60 reckless driving cases. This is down from 111 reckless driving cases in 2013.
A misdemeanor in Lake County is serious and a Lake County reckless driving ticket can result in jail or probation with substantial conditions. To prove a reckless driving case in Lake County the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver willfully endangered person or property of another. Simply driving fast is not sufficient to establish reckless driving. Mere negligence is sufficient to establish careless driving but not reckless driving. The challenge the prosecutor faces in a reckless driving case is to prove to a jury that the driving was willful. Lake County reckless driving lawyer Kevin J. Pitts is a former Florida prosecutor that has defended and prosecuted reckless driving cases. Just because a police officer says that you drove recklessly does not mean they can prove it. If you are accused of reckless driving in Tavares, Clermont, Eustis, Fruitland Park, Leesburg, Umatilla, Mount Dora or the surrounding areas call Lake County reckless driving attorneys Kevin Johnson and Kevin Pitts today at 352-508-7575 to set up a free consultation.