In New Hampshire, a “reckless driving” conviction generally requires proof that the motorist:
There are lots of scenarios that could lead to a reckless driving conviction. But New Hampshire law specifically says that street racing and driving 100 miles per hour or faster are by definition reckless driving.
The possible penalties for a reckless driving violation are:
A reckless driving conviction will also add six points to a motorist’s driving record. Accumulating too many points can lead to license suspension.
Violations that lead to the death of another person can result in vehicular homicide or manslaughter charges and more severe penalties.
New Hampshire also has a less serious offense called “negligent driving.” Generally, a negligent driving conviction requires proof that the motorist:
A negligent driving conviction carries $250 to $500 in fines for a first offense and $500 to $1,000 in fines for a second offense. And a negligent driving violation will add four points to the motorist’s driving record.
In New Hampshire, it’s possible for a person who’s accused of driving under the influence (DUI) to “plea bargain” for a lesser charge. When a DUI is plea-bargained down to a reckless driving charge, it’s sometimes called a “wet reckless.”
The facts of every case are different. If you’ve been arrested for or charged with reckless or negligent driving, get in contact with an experienced defense attorney. A qualified attorney can explain how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on how best to handle your situation.