It is very important for a person to do all that they can to beat a ticket for reckless driving. All states have different laws, but for the most part, the consequences of not fighting a ticket are the same. There are 4 major consequences of getting a reckless driving ticket; paying fines, higher insurance rates, license suspension, and jail time. These four will be discussed below with special attention paid to each one so that the seriousness of each can be explored to show how not beating that reckless driving ticket can really affect someone’s life. Fines If a police officer stops a person for over speeding, failure to yield, or failure to stop at a designated sign, it may result in a ticket for reckless driving. The fines associated with this differ from state to state but most states usually have a set amount for each particular act, sometimes depending more on how many miles above the speed limits was one going or the status of one’s driving record. If there is no ticket amount written on the ticket, someone can find out how much it is by looking online or calling the traffic court. It’s advised by many, though, that a person fights the ticket instead of paying it. Paying it might seem easier at the time, but can have negative consequences such as being on a driving record for up to three years. An alternative in some states is to pay the ticket in conjunction with going to traffic school, which would have the effect of not having the charge on your record, but this too has consequences as time missed from work or from school. Insurance Rates Another negative consequence of a reckless driving ticket is higher insurance rates. There’s no guarantee of this as most insurance companies are as varied as the different state’s laws, but getting a higher insurance rate can be incredibly frustrating. Some experts say that having one or two reckless driving violations on a record won’t affect the rates, but any more than that, and especially coupled with an at-fault accident can really raise them. Some think it is wise to call the insurance company to make sure their rates aren’t being raised before deciding to fight their ticket, but this can have drawbacks such as alerting the company of an accident, which isn’t a great idea if deciding to fight the ticket. License Suspension As in the insurance rates information, a person may not get their license taken away for just a few lesser reckless driving tickets if they include speeding, running a stoplight or stop sign, or other minor accidents. If charged with drunk driving, hit-and-run, or if the person has other charges on record, their license may be taken away. When in court fighting the ticket, it’s advised to try to point out any mistakes the ticketing officer might have made and to be prepared to show how it’s not your fault. Another option is to point out how loss of a license can affect one’s job, especially if driving is your profession and the only source of income. A good tactic is to point out how driving for a living would naturally result in a higher rate of accidents. Someone who is a professional driver will be on the road for a relatively higher percentage of the time. Jail Time This is the ultimate consequence of getting that ticket, and why one must do everything possible to avoid having to go to jail. Again, it depends on variables and on location, but some have reported jail times of up to one year for reckless driving. The consequences of this are obvious such as loss of a job, family estrangement, a permanently scarred record and loss of freedom. The best advice at this point in the game is to get legal advice. A good lawyer knows the ins and outs of the legal system and can circumnavigate the waters with ease and hopefully gets that ticket tossed out. As it has been shown, there are many consequences to getting a reckless driving ticket and so many reasons to fight it. No one wants their driving history tainted by it. No one wants to pay fines or higher insurance rates. Most definitely no one wants to go to the jail. So, fight it using any means possible. Prove that the officer was mistaken. Prove that the ticket was unwarranted. Hire a lawyer and stay out of jail. Remember, just because a police officer pulls someone over doesn’t mean he’s right. There are too many variables, and it’s a person’s record – and life – that’s at stake.