Reckless driving is the more severe form of the charge of careless driving. Reckless driving is defined as wonton disregard for the safety of persons or property. The degree of negligence is assessed to determine the charge, and reckless driving is considered more aggravated conduct than careless driving. This distinction between reckless driving and careless driving is often made by a law enforcement officer who may not have actually witnessed the driving. If you are cited for a more serious traffic violation such as reckless driving, there is a possibility of jail time, which is all the more reason to discuss the matter with an attorney.
Reckless driving is considered a class 2 misdemeanor traffic offense. It will earn 8 penalty points on your driver’s license, twice as a many as a careless driving citation. Reckless driving is also considered a Habitual Traffic Offense. Multiple Habitual Traffic Offense convictions can lead to a multi-year license suspension even if you have not accumulated enough points in 1 year for a points suspension. A subsequent conviction on a reckless driving charge requires mandatory fines of up to $1000 and/or jail time of a minimum of ten days, up to 6 months. If your driving is found to be the proximate cause of injury, property damage, or death, then the charge may become a class 1 misdemeanor.
If you are charged with reckless driving it is vital to contact an experienced attorney to discuss your case and to defend your rights and your driving record.