How do you get a reckless driving ticket off your record?

I just got hit with a reckless driving ticket and now my insurance rates are through the roof. How can I get a reckless driving ticket dismissed?

Shannon Fitzgerald · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Tickets can certainly do a lot of damage to your
car insurance premiums
! While there is a chance you can get a reckless driving ticket off your record, your options to do so depend heavily on the state in which the citation occurred.
Usually, you will have one of the following options:
  • The ticket will be automatically removed after a number of years
  • You may participate in a
    defensive driving course
    to lessen the penalty or charge
  • You may challenge the charges in court or request a retrial
  • You may submit an application for expungement
Communicate your concerns with the court and the judge handling your case first. Tickets and penalties are largely determined by these smaller entities—and you may find that your judge is willing to work with you. If you can’t remove the ticket from your record altogether, you may be able to lower it to a minor infraction like a speeding citation.
A reckless driving ticket can raise your insurance
by as much as 87%
. Despite this,
can still find the cheapest car insurance available to you.
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