RI Reckless Driving Attorney

The Reckless Driving statute punishments can be harsh

Michael J. Zarrella, Esq

Law Office Address:

127 Dorrance Street

Providence Rhode island 02903

Cell: 401-523-5271

Office 401-490-6820

Fax: 401-490-3207


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Reckless Driving and it defenses.

A criminal chargeof Reckless Driving is not a simple traffic ticket. Reckless driving in Rhode Island is a misdemeanor that carries the possibility of a suspended license, fines, special insurance on you license and even jail time. Furthermore, a conviction of a reckless driving charge can sometimes leads to a criminal record which might not be able to be expunged. A conviction can change your live, a criminal record or loss of license may jeopardize future opportunities for employment and education and put stress on your family relationships. Do not take your reckless driving lightly; you need to hire a skilled legal defense attorney.

If you have been charged with Reckless Driving you need the help of a top criminal defense lawyer. There are many defense to reckless driving under Rhode Island law. A good lawyer can often get your reckless driving charge dismissed or reduced to a lessor charge.

In cases where the charge does not get dismissed the the dispostion you may recieve can vary greatly. A good criminal defense lawyer will fight hard to protect you from having a criminal record, large fines and loss of license. The lawyer you hire can make a big differense in the result you recieve. Do not take chances with you license and you freedom. Call Rhode Island criminal defense Attonery Michael J. Zarrella.now.

Reckless Driving Penilties.

A Reckless Driving first offense is a misdemeanor an carries with it a maximum penilty of one year in jail and a fine up to five hundred dollars ($500). You are guilry of a reckless driving is you operates a motor vehicle so recklessly that the driver might endanger the life and safety of the general public.

A Reckless Driving second offense is a felony, an carries a maximum penilty of imprisonment up to five (5) years, and /or a fine up to five thousand dollars ($5,000).


 Reckless driving and other offenses against public safety

 "Any person who operates a motor vehicle recklessly so that the lives or safety of the public might be endangered, or operates a vehicle in an attempt to elude or flee from a traffic officer or police vehicle, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor for the first conviction and a felony for the second and each subsequent conviction"

Eluding a law enforcement

Under Rhode Island law is is unlawfull to elude the police officer in a high speed pursuit of the if the driver operates a motor vehicle at speeds greater than fifteen (15) miles per hour over the speed limit, or who causes property damage only in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000) while eluding the police is guilty of the misdemeanor charge of eluding,

First Offense Eluding a law enforcement penilties

  • Up to 1 year at the ACI
  • A fine from $500 to $1000
  • License suspendion from 90 day to 6 mounths
  • Forfeiture of the motor vehicle.
  • Misdemeanor Offense

Second Conviction of Eluding a law enforcement penilties

  • 2 to 5 years at the ACO
  • A fine from $2000 to $5000
  • License suspendion from 1 year to 5 years
  • Forfeiture of the motor vehicle.