If you have recently been pulled over and formally charged with reckless driving or another similar traffic ticket, then you should take the situation seriously. Reckless driving is often seen as one of the more serious traffic tickets that you can be convicted of. It can actually have a surprising impact on your life. These are a few examples of ways that a reckless driving conviction could actually impact you and your day-to-day life in the next few years.
1. Adding Points to Your Driver's License
In many states, drivers will accumulate points on their driving record each time that they are convicted of a traffic-related offense. Once you get a certain number of points, you have to worry about the possibility of losing your driver's license. Even if you aren't at risk of losing your license right now, you could earn points on your license that could cause you problems later if you are convicted of reckless driving.
2. Losing Your Driver's License
In some cases, it is possible to lose your driver's license from just one reckless driving conviction. This could have a major impact on your day-to-day life because it could restrict your freedom and make it that much harder for you to get things done. It could take months or longer for you to qualify to get your license back if this happens.
3. Causing Your Insurance to Go Up
Of course, you probably don't want to pay more for car insurance than you have to. If you are convicted of reckless driving, though, you could face a significant car insurance premium increase for the next few years.
4. Preventing You From Getting Certain Jobs
When you think about potentially not being able to get a job because of a conviction, you might not really think about traffic tickets. However, depending on the type of job that you are interested in, there is the possibility that a reckless driving conviction could impact your ability to get a job. For example, if you would like to get a job that involves driving in any way, then you might find that you will be turned down if you have a reckless driving conviction on your record.
If at all possible, you probably want to avoid all of these issues. Now is the time to talk to an attorney about your reckless driving charge. Then, your attorney can tell you more about the potential issues that can go along with a reckless driving conviction, and they can attempt to help you with your case.
To learn more, contact a law firm like Tolbert & Tolbert, LLP.