Reckless Driving Lawyers
In Illinois, reckless driving is a serious offense which can result in substantial fines, jail time, insurance increases and driver’s license consequences. Reckless driving is treated differently than minor traffic offenses or moving violations because it is a charged as a criminal offense. A reckless driving offense may also disqualify you from receiving a sentence of court supervision in the event that you are charged with a DUI later in life.What is Reckless Driving?
Under Illinois law, 625 ILCS 5/11-503, a person commits the offense of Reckless Driving when he or she drives a vehicle with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property” or knowingly uses an incline in a roadway, such as a railroad crossing, bridge approach, or hill, to cause the vehicle to become airborne.
Reckless driving is most often charged by a police officer in situations where the driver has committed multiple moving violations such as speeding and improper lane usage.What are the Penalties for Reckless Driving?
The offense of reckless driving is typically charged as a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.00. Because reckless driving is a criminal offense, the police officer may place you under arrest and transport you back to the station for processing rather than simply handing you a citation and releasing you from the scene.
If the offense results in great bodily harm, disfigurement or permanent disability to another, you may be charged with aggravated reckless driving, a Class 4 felony, punishable by 1-3 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.00.
If the offense results in great bodily harm, disfigurement or permanent disability to a child or school crossing guard while the school crossing guard is performing his or her official duties, you may be charged with aggravated reckless driving, a Class 3 felony, punishable by 2-5 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.00.
The offense of reckless driving also carries potentially serious driver’s license consequences. A person convicted of reckless driving two or more times arising out of arrests that occur within a 12-month person will have their driving privileges revoked by the Illinois Secretary of State.Reckless Driving & Impact on Future DUI Sentencing
A previous court disposition on a reckless driving charge, including a conviction or a sentence of court supervision will prevent you from receiving court supervision on the offense of DUI later in life, even for a first offense. This is not just limited to a prior DUI that is reduced to reckless driving. This disqualification on receiving court supervision could potentially result in a DUI conviction and the revocation of your driver’s license. While no one plans to be charged with DUI, this is an important consequence that should always be considered.
There is a great deal of misunderstanding surrounding the advantages and disadvantages of requesting that a DUI be amended to the offense of reckless driving. The benefits should be evaluated and explained to you by an experienced attorney. There are very limited advantages of securing an amendment of a DUI charge to reckless driving for a first DUI offense and this option must be considered on a case-by-case basis.Contact Our Reckless Driving Defense Attorneys
If you have been charged with reckless driving, it is important to have an experienced defense attorney represent you in court. Our attorneys have handled hundreds of reckless driving cases throughout Illinois including Cook County, Lake County and DuPage County.
Every case is unique and requires special attention. Our criminal and traffic attorneys provide professional and knowledgeable legal representation. If you have been charged with reckless driving, contact The Davis Law Group, P.C. today to discuss your case.