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The term “reckless” is thrown around often in conversation, but it can carry a different meaning when the term is connected to a Tennessee criminal charge. In terms of criminal charges someone can face, a traffic violation might not seem as serious as others. But, in fact, being accused of reckless driving can carry with it severe legal consequences.

What is reckless driving, and why were you accused of the offense? FindLaw explains reckless driving laws as those that punish a “wanton or willful disregard for traffic laws.” It is more serious to be accused of reckless driving than of negligent driving. Reckless driving generally suggests that a defendant engaged in exceedingly dangerous driving behaviors.

Some of those extremely dangerous traffic behaviors are as follows:

  • Driving exceedingly over the speed limit
  • Passing a vehicle/vehicle when oncoming vehicles are present
  • Racing on the roadways

These are common reckless driving behaviors throughout the country; each state has its own specific reckless driving laws and penalties, including Tennessee. Depending on the severity of your case and the damage/injury caused, you could be facing fines, lost driving privileges and even jail time. 

Have you been accused of reckless driving? If so, you probably (and naturally) are wondering how you ended up in your situation, what your rights are and how you can avoid the significant consequences before you. An accusation of driving recklessly does not mean you are guilty of the offense. Explain your situation to your traffic violation defense lawyer and allow him to evaluate the data with an eye for justice.