Yes, reckless driving is a criminal charge in New York and is a very serious offense. Under the Vehicle and Traffic Law §1212, persons convicted of reckless driving are guilty of a misdemeanor.
You will have to appear in court on a specified date to defend against the reckless driving charge. An attorney can appear with you and work to lessen the charge.
A reckless driving offense can severely impact your future in numerous ways. The offense alone can invoke penalties including possible jail time, fees, 5 points to your New York license, a permanent criminal record, possible license suspension, and a substantial increase in your insurance rates. In addition, a permanent criminal record will have a long term negative affect on your future employment opportunities.
Typically, a reckless driving charge comes in conjunction with another charge, such as speeding or running a red light. These additional charges quickly raise your points, other fees, and the possibility of license suspension.
An attorney can greatly aid in getting your life back to normal after a reckless driving ticket. In most cases, an attorney can negotiate the charges down, lessen the fees, decrease your points, and keep your insurance rates from increasing substantially. If there are any defects in the original ticket, a knowledgeable attorney can even get the charge dismissed. In the case of reckless driving, an attorney can save you time and money.