New Jersey Criminal Laws on Reckless and Careless Driving
Reckless Driving and Careless Driving are similar charges under New Jersey Laws. Careless driving is essentially a less severe version of a Reckless Driving charge.
The more points you have, the greater the risk of having your New Jersey license suspended, and this can also results in significant increases in your auto insurance rates.
If you are concerned about keeping your right to drive, it makes sense to fight these charges and save yourself the points, especially if you already have a lot of points and are at risk of a license suspension.
Careless & Reckless Driving Penalties
The penalties for Reckless Driving in NJ are as follows:
- Jail of up to 2 Months (3 months for a 2nd offense)
- Fines of 50-$200. (Up to $500 for a Second Offense)
- 5 Points on your Driving Record
The penalties for Careless Driving are:
- 2 Points on your Driving Record
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39:4-96. Reckless driving; punishment
39:4-96. A person who drives a vehicle 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, shall be guilty of reckless driving and be punished by imprisonment in the county or municipal jail for a period of not more than 60 days, or by a fine of not less than $50.00 or more than $200.00, or both.
On a second or subsequent conviction he shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than three months, or by a fine of not less than $100 or more than $500, or both.
39:4-97. Careless driving
39:4-97. A person who drives a vehicle carelessly, or without due caution and circumspection, in a manner so as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, a person or property, shall be guilty of careless driving.