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Careless Driving / Reckless Driving

Careless Driving
Vehicle Code Section 3714
3 Points

Careless Driving is a generic “catch-all” ticket and can be written in many different scenarios. A person is guilty of Careless Driving if he drives in “careless disregard” for the safety of persons or property. The officer must prove that the driving behavior was more than negligent driving, or, in other words, more than the just a lack of care and caution. It is typically cited along with other tickets where a crash has occurred such as Driving a Vehicle at Safe Speeds, Vehicle Turning Left or Red Light violation with a crash. It can also be written in conjunction with a Speeding ticket or almost any violation of the vehicle code.

A conviction for Careless Driving carries 3 points. If convicted of this offense and there was a crash involving death or serious bodily injury, there is also a 6 month mandatory license suspension for an unintentional death and a 90 day suspension for causing serious injury.

Reckless Driving
Vehicle Code Section 3746
5 Points + 6 Month License Suspension

Reckless Driving is the most serious traffic offense in Pennsylvania. A conviction for Reckless Driving carries with it 5 points plus a mandatory license suspension of 6 months, which is the harshest penalty on the books for a traffic violation in Pennsylvania. It is also considered a “serious violation” under the Habitual Offenders law, which means that you could lose your license for 5 years if you obtain 3 serious traffic convictions within a 5 year period.

Reckless Driving occurs when a person drives in “willful or wanton disregard” for the safety of persons or property. It is an extremely high standard and only the most egregious driving behavior will be considered to be reckless driving. In order to prove “willful and wanton disregard”, the offender's driving must a gross departure from “normal” driving standards, that the driver drove such that there was a substantial risk that injury would result from his driving, and/or that it was highly likely that a crash would result. The driver would be aware of the risk, but continued to drive, disregarding the risk he created by his own reckless driving.

Reckless Driving is typically issued with other citations including speeding, drag racing, fleeing from police, DUI and other serious traffic offenses.

If you are cited for Careless or Reckless Driving, call the experienced attorneys at Ellis B. Klein & Associates for a free consultation. Do not “just pay it” as points will be assessed to your license, your insurance rates may increase and you may lose your driver’s license as a result of pleading guilty. The attorneys at Ellis B. Klein & Associates have over 25 years of experience in thousands of traffic court matters. Most judges will permit our lawyers to appear in court in your place, so you may not even have to attend the court hearing to get your points reduced. We have a 99% success rate in reducing points on most moving violations and we have a money back guarantee if we are unable to help you reduce points on your moving violation. Call us now at 800-536-0501 for a free consultation BEFORE you pay the fine.

Careless / Reckless Driving Reviews From Former Clients

*Source: Avvo.com Client reviews

“Traffic ticket defense

5.0 stars
Posted by Eric

I received 3 tickets for reckless driving, speeding, and failure to use turn signal. My License was going to be suspended! I searched for a lawyer and found Ellis Klein who was truly amazing, he was able to get these charges dropped and I received 0 points on my license. Ellis Klein was amazing, very professional and honest about my case during the consultation. I still can't believe the results!! I will definitely use Ellis Klein for any future needs and I will recommend Ellis Klein to my family, friends and colleagues.


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5.0 stars
Posted by Jacques

There is no other way to put it, Ellis worked a true miracle. Imagine your worst nightmare... reckless driving, 44 mph over the limit and illegal passing. That was my predicament and that is what I was cited for. Ellis worked the courtroom with professionalism and class personified. He successfully reduced my charges to a minimal 5MPH over the limit citation. THAT'S IT. No reckless driving, no illegal passing, no 44mph over the limit. I'll repeat it. Ellis got my sentence reduced to ONLY a simple 5mph over the limit citation. Without Ellis I would have lost my license for 6 months and my insurance would have gone through the roof. I will recommend him to anyone in need. Words can't describe my gratification. Thanks, Ellis.

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Ellis Klein is a terrific attorney who represented my son in a DUI case. Ellis was understanding and sympathetic yet very forthright regarding the seriousness of the issue. He was extremely knowledgeable of the process and kept us informed at every step. He had a very professional presence, was confident (but not arrogant) and kept us calm throughout a very traumatic situation. He was a critical factor in my son receiving the best possible outcome from this DUI event. John Doe
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Ellis literally gave me a new lease on life. I was facing a DUI, which would have affected my livelihood, my freedom and would have left me with a criminal record. Mr. Klein was able to have all the evidence suppressed by challenging the officer's cause for pulling me over. He was very thorough, leaving no stone unturned. His demeanor in court was confident and knowledgeable. He saved my reputation and my family from facing serious economic hardship. Thank You Anonymous
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