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Reckless Driving

Like the offence of Negligent Driving, the penalties associated with the offence of Reckless Driving vary greatly depending on the seriousness of the offence. For example, where an individual is charged with Reckless Driving causing a minor accident, the Court may impose a fine and apply a loss of demerit points. However, if you are charged with Reckless Driving causing grievous bodily harm or death, the Court may impose a term of imprisonment. It is highly important that you receive legal representation to ensure the best result for your case.


The table below includes the possible penalties for the offence of Reckless Driving:

Maximum court imposed fine $2,200 $3,300
Maximum gaol term 9 months 12 months
Minimum disqualification 12 months 2 years
Maximum disqualification Unlimited Unlimited
Disqualification in the absence of a specific court order (automatic period) 3 years 5 years


Available defences include:

    • Duress: threats of violence to incite you to offend against your will.
    • Necessity: given the circumstances, you had no other choice but to offend.
    • Mitigating circumstances: certain events or factors that have led to or caused the incident.
    • Legal technicalities.

How can Sydney Criminal Defence Lawyers help?

Our Traffic Lawyers will carefully consider your case, advise you on all your legal options, and recommend the best way forward.

Call us now on (02) 8059 7121 or book an appointment with one of our experienced traffic lawyers.

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