What are the Consequences of Reckless Driving in New Jersey?

The definition of reckless driving in New Jersey is “heedlessly, in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property.” Individuals who are caught driving more than 30 miles per hour over the speed limit, driving while under the influence, or damaging property with a vehicle can be charged with reckless driving. To learn more about reckless driving and its consequences in New Jersey, continue reading.

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What are the penalties for reckless driving in New Jersey?

For a first time reckless driving offense in New Jersey, you can expect to face the following penalties:

  • License suspension
  • Up to 60 days in prison
  • $200 fine
  • 5 points on their driving record

Points on your license can lead to insurance premiums increasing and the potential to lose your license.

The consequences will increase for drivers who are convicted of reckless driving for a second time including the following penalties:

  • $500 fines
  • Up to 90 days in prison
  • License suspension

What is a combination offense?

A combination offense occurs when an individual commits more than one offense at a time. For example, if a person drives over 30 miles per hour over the legal speed limit while also under the influence of drugs or alcohol, this is considered a combination offense. In this circumstance, the individual can be charged for both reckless driving and driving under the influence. Another common example of a combination offense is when an individual drives recklessly after committing a criminal act.

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