Central Bergen NJ Reckless Driving Defense Lawyers 

Motor Vehicle Violation and Criminal Defense in Bergen County, New Jersey

The attorneys at Bergen County’s heralded Tormey Law Firm have provided criminal and drunk driving (DWI) defense for years, serving clients charged with offenses ranging from speeding and reckless driving to possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana in Bergen County and throughout New Jersey, in towns such as Palisades Park, Mahwah, and Elmwood Park. With offices conveniently located in the center of Hackensack’s criminal justice complex, Mr. Tormey and his fellow attorneys appear in courts throughout Bergen County on a daily basis, employing their specifically-formulated defense strategies to achieve the most desirable outcomes for their clients. To speak with one of these talented defense lawyers free of charge, contact the Hackensack, New Jersey offices of The Tormey Law Firm at (201)-330-4979. Initial consultations are always provided at no cost and we are available immediately to provide a free consultation about your case.


Reckless Driving in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 39:4-96

Title 39 governs all traffic violations in the State of New Jersey. Specifically, reckless driving is governed by N.J.S.A. 39:4-96, which provides, in pertinent part:

§ 39:4-96. Reckless Driving

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.


Consequences for Reckless Driving in New Jersey 

As the above statute stipulates, reckless driving is a serious traffic violation in New Jersey. It can result in jail time and a license suspension. The penalties also include the following:

First Offense:

  • Five (5) New Jersey Motor Vehicle points on your license
  • Up to 60 days in the county jail
  • Up to a $200.00 fine
  • Potential license suspension (at the discretion of the judge)

Second Offense:

  • Five (5) New Jersey Motor Vehicle points on your license
  • Up to three (3) months in the county jail
  • Up to a $500.00 fine
  • Potential license suspension (at the discretion of the judge)

It is imperative that you avoid points on your license for a number of reasons. First, points will cause your insurance rates to go up. Further, if you accumulate between 10 and 12 points on your license, your license may be suspended by the DMV. Finally, if you accumulate points, you will also be assessed motor vehicle surcharges by the DMV. As a result, it is crucial that you contact an experienced traffic ticket attorney to avoid getting these points on your license.


Call the Tormey Law Firm in Hackensack, NJ Today for a Free Consultation

For additional information and a free consultation about your reckless driving charges, please contact us anytime at (201)-330-4979, or use our online contact form. Our Hackensack office is conveniently located in the heart of Bergen County, just steps from the Hackensack Municipal Court and Bergen County Superior Court. One of our criminal defense attorneys will be happy to discuss your case over the phone or to schedule an appointment to meet with you in person.


If you’ve been charged with a criminal offense, disorderly persons offense, or traffic / DWI violation, you have the right to an attorney who will defend you against your charges and fight for your best interests. To learn more about how your attorney can fight to have your charges dismissed or reduced, click a link below to see our video library of legal defenses and strategies.