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.
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 www.dontpaythatticket.com.