Reckless Driving is a serious charge. It is a Class 2 Traffic Misdemeanor Offense and a conviction may result in a scheduled fine of $150.00 to $300.00 plus court costs and surcharges, a possible jail sentence of 10 to 90 days (usually only ordered in cases where there are aggravating factors, such as injury to a person or reckless indifference to the safety of others), restitution, community or useful public service, probation for one year or longer, and other possible requirements by the court, with an assessment of 8 points to your driver’s license. In some cases, a conviction for Reckless Driving may affect your automobile insurance coverage or premium rates for years to come.
Upon a second or subsequent conviction, in addition to the possible court penalties and requirements provided above, the maximum possible fine is increased to $1,000.00 and the possible maximum jail sentence is increased to 6 months.
Important: A conviction for Reckless Driving, if the driver was operating a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) at the time of the violation, is a “Serious Offense” under the Commercial Drivers License CDL Program and will result in a 30-day, 60-day or longer Disqualification of the CDL if certain conditions are present. Be sure that you fully understand the consequences of this charge on your CDL driving privileges.