Reckless driving is when a driver operates a motor vehicle in a way that shows an complete disregard for safety of property or other people. This mean the defendant knew that operating a motor vehicle can be extremely dangerous, but chose to do so despite the risks. In some states, reckless driving is a traffic infraction, but in the State of Washington, it’s more serious than a traffic infraction.
Washington charges driving reckless as a gross misdemeanor. It includes driving in a willful or complete disregard for safety of other people or property, as well as driving at high speed or erratically.
Types of reckless driving that may result in a criminal charge are:
A criminal reckless driving charge may result from many factors such as:
A defendant convicted of reckless driving can face up to 1 year in jail and a fine of $5,000. They will also face automatic suspension of a driver’s license for at least 30 days.
Yes. If convicted of reckless driving, you can face increased car insurance premiums.
Yes. It’s important to talk to a criminal lawyer about how to fight this charge and avoid some severe criminal penalties.
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