Whether it sounds like it or not, there is a difference between careless driving and reckless driving. Careless driving is usually defined as "failing to drive in a careful and prudent manner under the circumstances to the extent that it puts others at risk". Careless driving is mostly unintentional and can be attributed to something as minor as not paying attention on the road.
Reckless driving, on the other hand, is usually defined as "driving with a willful or a wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property." Reckless driving is a much more serious offence and, if convicted, one could face jail time or loss of their driver's license. Additionally, one could face a penalty of up to $1,000 and/or a period of up to 90 days in prison. The penalty is much more severe if the driver damaged property or a person.
The Law Offices of Daniel Schulefand can help you if you're currently facing this situation. Contact a Miami Ticket Defense Attorney at the firm if you have been cited for reckless or careless driving in Florida.