Can You Go to Jail for a Reckless Driving Offense in Connecticut?

If you face charges for reckless driving, please read on, then contact one of our experienced Hartford County traffic violation attorneys to learn if you can go to jail for a reckless driving offense in Connecticut.

Can you be incarcerated for reckless driving in Connecticut?

Even though reckless driving is a misdemeanor and not a felony, the possible consequences are significant. In addition to being required to pay a substantial fine and fees, you may also have to spend several weeks in jail. Furthermore, you will also end up with a permanent criminal record.

What are the penalties for reckless driving in Connecticut?

That will depend on the number of times, if any, you have previously sustained convictions for this or related offenses. That being said, the penalties for reckless driving are as follows:

First offense reckless driving:

  • A fine of $100 to $300
  • A jail sentence of up to 30 days

Subsequent reckless driving offense:

  • A fine of up to $600
  • A jail sentence of up to 1 year

It does not matter whether this is your first offense or your third, you should reach out to one of our skilled Hartford County criminal defense attorneys to discuss your next steps.

How can a Hartford County traffic violations attorney help you?

A qualified legal representative will work to uncover, collate and present evidence that indicates one or more of the following defenses:

  • You were not the one driving the car: This is a strong defense because the prosecution must have proof of you driving the vehicle.
  • You were engaged in careless driving, not reckless driving: Though both are considered traffic violations, careless driving is considered less serious, as evidenced by its minimized penalties.
  • The reckless driving was not willful or intentional: Furthermore, you might argue that the reckless driving was necessary because of some emergency that presented a threat to you or a third party.
  • You were not being reckless, but negligent: Coupled with other arguments, this defense contends that you were not driving unsafely and that you followed all the other driving instructions, like wearing a seat belt.
  • The devices used for measuring speed were not maintained or calibrated properly: These poorly-maintained devices led to an inaccurate determination of speed.

Whatever strategy you adopt, you should not face these charges alone. Please give us a call today, so we can handle it for you.

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