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17 year old son received a ticket 20-140(). Does not

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17 year old son received a ticket for GS 20-140(B). Does not give a description of what he did on the ticket. Police officer told him he made turn in intersection turn too fast. Showed he was going 40 in a 35 mph zone, What can we expect with this type ticket.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Traffic Law
Expert:  Zoey, JD replied 2 years ago.
My name is ***** ***** I am an experienced criminal lawyer.
In Georgia, GS 20-140(b) is reckless driving. Reckless driving is more than just a traffic offense. It is a criminal offense and a conviction for this charge either by plea or after a trial will give your son a misdemeanor conviction which has a maximum possible penalty of 30 days in jail. You can see what the state would have to prove in order to convict your son of this charge by looking at the statute here:
While jail would be highly unlikely here, your son should have a criminal lawyer when he comes before the judge to deal with his case. Hopefully, the lawyer can negotiate a disposition where the DA will reduce the charge to a traffic infraction, and he'll be able to just pay a fine and keep his criminal record clean.