Reckless speeding tickets in NY are automatically labeled as a misdemeanor.

Generally, excessive speeding is when a simple speeding ticket turns into a reckless driving ticket. Driving 30 miles per hour or more over the current speed limit is automatically considered reckless driving. According to one report, New York ranks 5th for the strictest states in speeding enforcement.

Here’s what you need to know about reckless driving in NY:

Fines and Penalties

For a first offense you can expect your reckless speeding ticket in NY state to be around $200. Depending on how fast you were going, the officer may even decide to throw you in jail.

A second ticket for reckless speeding on average will be $300 and a third can reach over $1,000. Depending on your judge and police officer, you can even go to jail (remember, this is considered a crime). Jail time can range from a minimum of one month to six months.

Likewise, reckless speeding while under the influence, in a school zone or a construction zone will naturally come with even harsher consequences.

SEE MORE: What Is Considered Reckless Driving

Common Defenses for Reckless Driving in New York

My Tickets NYC can put together a logical defense to dismiss or reduce your reckless driving speeding ticket. The main argument is that your behaviour wasn’t willful.

Obviously, if you were speeding due to an emergency, we can use this in your defense. For example improper signage can also be used in your defense if you can prove that you did not know the rules of the road due to a lack of or blocked speed sign. We can even argue that the officer’s device was not properly calibrated.

What Should You Do If You Get a Reckless Speeding Ticket in NY?

If you contact an attorney there are many defenses that can be used to disprove your reckless speeding ticket. Our job is to gather up enough evidence to prove to the judge that you did not drive in an unreasonable manner.

You can be considered a reckless driver if you cut cars off on the highway or if you are speeding in the presence of pedestrians. Generally, New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1212, states that reckless driving can be issued if you:

  1. Drive in a manner that unreasonably interferes with the free and proper use of the public highway, or
  2. Drive in a manner that unreasonably endangers users of the public highway.

If you have been accused of any of these actions, contact us about your reckless speeding ticket in NY. 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.


Published On: July 27th, 2020 / Categories: Reckless Driving in NY, Speeding Tickets / Tags: /