The term “reckless driving” is often used casually to refer to driving behavior that is unsafe or unpredictable. However, reckless driving has a specific definition under Illinois law and individuals convicted of reckless driving can face serious criminal penalties. If you or a loved one were arrested for reckless driving, it is important to get started on a defense strategy right away. Reach out to an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can help you understand your options and take the steps necessary to reduce your chances of conviction.
Illinois Law Regarding Reckless Driving
The law specifically mentions two instances in which a driver may be charged with reckless driving. Intentionally driving a vehicle up a ramp or incline, such as a railroad crossing, to make the vehicle airborne is reckless driving. Reckless driving also includes any driving behavior that shows a “willful and wanton disregard for the safety of people or property.” This can include drag racing or excessive speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of lanes, running stop signals, braking abruptly, or other types of erratic driving.
Penalties for Reckless Driving
Reckless driving is typically considered a Class A misdemeanor. When someone is arrested for reckless driving, his or her vehicle may be impounded, and he or she may be taken to jail and required to post bond. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to $2,500 in fines and up to a year in jail in Illinois. The penalties for reckless driving are much more severe when someone is injured or killed as a result of a motorist’s reckless driving. If injury or death results from reckless driving, the charge may be elevated to aggravated reckless driving which is a Class 4 felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of three years. Aggravated reckless driving resulting in serious injury or death of a child is a Class 3 felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Contact our Naperville Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer
Reckless driving can lead to criminal penalties including possible jail time. If you or a loved one were arrested for reckless driving, it is important to understand and assert your rights. Anyone accused of a criminal offense in the United States has the right to consult with an attorney. It is best to speak to an attorney before giving any statements to the police.
Aurora criminal defense lawyer Patricia Magaña focuses her practice on representing individuals who are facing traffic violations and criminal charges. She can provide the legal support and skilled representation you need. Call 630-448-2001 for a free consultation. Se Habla Español.