Reckless driving in NY is an umbrella term for select negligent actions while operating a motor vehicle. Some of these actions include:

  • Speeding
  • Ignoring the Standard Rules of the Road
  • Driving Under the Influence

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor in the state of New York. Penalty fines range from $200 to $1,000 and you could face up to six months in jail.

This is not a matter that should be taken lightly. If you have been cited for reckless driving, you need to contact a criminal traffic attorney. My Tickets NYC has experience lessening or dismissing these types of charges for drivers in Queen, New York City, and various other NY locations. If you don’t act fast, you can risk having a permanent criminal record.

Take a look at what defines reckless driving speeds in New York:

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How fast is considered reckless driving in New York?

Reckless driving in NY is anything over 30 mph. The more citations issued for reckless driving, the more severe the consequences.

Reckless driving is defined by negligence or willful disobedience to the rules of the road. If you have received a fine for reckless driving, the officer deemed your actions to be inconsiderate of the pedestrians or other drivers around you.

Speeding in New York has its own set of rules and fines, but from the moment your speedometer reads 30 miles over the current speed limit, you are at risk of being issued this charge. You’ll be at risk of fines in the thousands of dollars, an automatic 6 or more points on your license, and even a criminal record.

Is reckless driving a felony in New York?

Reckless driving is a misdemeanor in the state of New York. A felony is the most serious crime  such as arson or murder. Jail time for a felony is a minimum of one year while a misdemeanor begins at one month. The only time reckless driving is a felony is if it resulted in loss of life.

While a misdemeanor is a lesser charge, it still leaves you with a criminal record. My Tickets NYC’s team of attorneys act fast to make sure this doesn’t happen. When you work with us, we go over every detail to come up with a defense to move your case out of criminal court and into traffic court for less severe effects.

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How long does a reckless driving conviction stay on your license?

If we can move your case to traffic court, then your driving record for reckless driving in NY will only stay on your license for three years. Keep in mind that any further infractions (even just going 8 miles over the speed limit or failing to stop at a stop sign) puts you at risk of losing your license.

My Tickets NYC in Queens has NYC’s best criminal traffic ticket lawyers, We can help relieve you of your criminal misdemeanor ticket problems. We cover the 5 Boroughs, Upstate New York, Long Island and New Jersey. Call or text a picture of your ticket to 917-426-2WIN (2946) or email us at for a free, non-obligatory consultation.

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