In some instances, a misdemeanor high speed charge may also be accompanied by a secondary traffic misdemeanor charge of "Careless and Reckless Driving." If the speeding charge is so exceptionally high, it would otherwise cause a suspension of your driving privilege. We may negotiate with the District Attorney to allow a Plea of Guilty to the charge of Careless and Reckless Driving in exchange for a dismissal of a speeding charge. Please note, a conviction for Careless and Reckless Driving (CnR) would result in the imposition of four license points and an approximate 80% increase to your auto insurance premium - but avoids a potential 6-12 month suspension of your license. These drivers license points, and associated insurance increase, would go away after three years. Court costs and fines for a CnR usually range between $250.00-350.00, but can sometimes be more, and are due to the court by mail or online payment within 20 to 40 days after your case is closed. Your appearance in court is often, but not always, needed.
While a conviction of Careless and Reckless Driving is not ideal, sometimes it's the best possible way to avoid a lengthy suspension in severe high speed cases. In many cases, a plea to CnR is not necessary and, based on numerous factors, we may be able to obtain an outcome that is far superior. Give us a call today to talk about your case. We'd love to help you out!