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Reckless and Careless Driving and DUI

If you’ve been charged with driving under the influence, it is likely that you have also been charged with one or more summary offense.  A summary offense is a minor crime, for example careless driving or reckless driving, and often times, is the reason the officer pulled you over.

In Pennsylvania, after being charged with a DUI, or any crime for that matter, the first court appearance is normally at the District Court closest to where the incident occurred. Every person charged with a crime is entitled to a summary trial or preliminary hearing depending on the charges and this takes place at this court.

There are times when a DUI may get dismissed or withdrawn before or after a preliminary hearing.  Sometimes, you still have to deal with the summary offenses after this happens.  It is important to know that if the charges you are left with are careless and/or reckless driving, it is not something to take lightly.

Careless driving is defined by Pennsylvania statute as any person who drives a vehicle in careless disregard for the safety of persons or property.  Along with court fines and fees, 3 points will be assessed on your license if you plead or are found guilty.  It is important to be aware of your driving history as point accumulation could results in a license loss.

Reckless driving is considered a serious traffic offense and is defined by Pennsylvania statute as any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. If you plead guilty or are found guilty of reckless driving, along with court fines and fees, there is a six-month loss of license.

About Stephen L. Jones

Stephen L. Jones
Attorney Stephen L. Jones is a former prosecutor who has successfully defended over 1,000 OUI cases. He is board certified in DUI Defense and a Regent of the National College for DUI Defense. Recognized as an expert on DUI defense, Mr. Jones is often asked to share his opinion on the law by the media and has appeared on The Today Show, Inside Edition, and the Discovery Channel. He has also lectured on the subject of courtroom testimony at the FBI Academy at Quantico. If you are currently facing DUI charges in Pennsylvania, please contact Mr. Jones today. Mr. Jones’s team of lawyers can help you contest the loss of your driving privileges and begin preparing a defense for your criminal case.

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