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Felony Reckless Driving

Under normal circumstances, reckless driving is a misdemeanor in the State of Florida. For your first offense, the maximum penalty is a $500 fine and 90 days in jail. For your second offense, the maximum penalty is a $1000 fine and 6 months in jail.

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However, did you know that reckless driving can be enhanced to a felony? Florida law provides that under certain circumstances, reckless driving can become a serious felony offense.

Under Florida Statute Section 316.192(3)(c)(2), if the reckless driving causes serious bodily injury to another person, then the offense is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in Florida State Prison and a $5,000.00 fine.

Serious bodily injury is defined as any person injury to another person, including a physical condition which causes a substantial risk of death, impairment of function in any organ or bodily member, personal disfigurement or scarring.

Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney serving Miami-Dade and Broward. To discuss your reckless driving case, call Attorney Eric Matheny today.