In the state of Georgia, a charge of misdemeanor reckless driving stays on a driver’s record for life. Moreover, the reckless driving law in Georgia has no option of expungement. With this background, an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer strives to have your reckless driving charge lessened.
Consequences of Reckless Driving on Your Record
The negative impacts of your driving record affects many aspects of your life. Here are several ways that your life is influenced depending on how long reckless driving is on your record:
Car Insurance Premium
Your driving record has a direct impact on the premium insurance of your car. A serious offense like reckless driving labels you as a high-risk driver pushing premiums up 30 to 300 percent.
Credit Card Rating
Your credit rating equally takes a beating in case of a reckless driving charge. It is especially evident when you apply for a loan, credit card or when trying to rent an apartment.
Risk of Arrest
Having a destroyed credit rating you are prone to traffic violation through unpaid tickets. Continuous failure to pay your ticket can result in an arrest warrant.
Right to Vote
In extreme cases, the following rights may be lost:
- Serving on jury
- Holding public office
- Receiving education federal aid
- Becoming a firefighter
- Traveling to some foreign countries
Increased Life Insurance Cost
A poor driving record limits your preferred life insurance. Over a long term policy, the cost may be unbearable.
Suspension of Your License
Your license risks being suspended in almost all cases if you have a reckless driving charge.
Losing Your Job
A suspended driver’s license is a deal-breaker for your employer in case you drive for a living. For instance, in the case of delivery drivers and traveling salespeople. Even if your license isn’t suspended your insurance may increase; making it harder for your employer to keep you.
Uncertain Future Employment
There is a social stigma associated with a reckless driving charge. It is a red flag for companies that run a background check on all potential employees. Also, any job that requires driving will be out of reach due to the prohibitive cost of insuring you.
Being Locked Out of the Police Department
Almost all police departments in the country consider a reckless driving charge unfit in community service. A less serious traffic offense in other states, can also be an automatic disqualifier.
Difficulty in Adopting a Baby
A poor driving record, stained with reckless driving makes it more difficult for you to adopt a baby. A more recent charge decreases your chances of approval by an adoption agency.
In case you have been charged with reckless driving, you need immediate legal representation. In Georgia, you only have 30 days to redeem your driving privileges. There may be factual or legal issues in your case that point to a reduction of your charge. Our experienced Atlanta car accident lawyers will find them and use them to negotiate a reduction of your charge. We will walk you through the options and enable you to choose what is best for your situation. Don’t hesitate to contact us.