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The biggest difference is that reckless driving is a criminal charge and careless driving is non-criminal. Careless driving is a moving violation that does carry points but does not have the potential of jail time like reckless driving does. Careless driving carries a maximum fine of $500 and points, and reckless driving can be punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine for a first violation.

Many of my clients get these two charges confused when they call me which is why I thought it would be helpful to explain the differenes.

Careless driving is defined by Florida Statute 316.1925. Reckless driving is defined in Florida Statute 316.192.

If you have been charged with either of these offenses you should hire a qualified traffic ticket attorney. You can find out more information by calling us at 561-989-9999 or visit us on the web at

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