Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a serious traffic offense in Arizona that is charged when a driver operates a vehicle in a manner that endangers the safety of others. The relevant statute is Arizona Revised Statutes 28-693.

Under this law, reckless driving is defined as driving a vehicle:

In a manner that shows a disregard for the safety of others, or
With willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property
Examples of reckless driving can include driving at excessive speeds, weaving in and out of traffic, racing, or ignoring traffic signals and signs.

A conviction for reckless driving in Arizona is typically charged as a Class 2 misdemeanor, which can result in a fine of up to $750 and a maximum of four months in jail. However, if reckless driving results in serious injury or death, the offense can be charged as a felony, with much more severe penalties.

In addition to the criminal penalties, a conviction for reckless driving can also result in other consequences, such as increased insurance rates, points on your driver’s license, and a possible suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.

It is important to note that reckless driving is different from careless driving. Careless driving is a less serious traffic offense that involves driving in a manner that is not careful or prudent, but falls short of reckless behavior. If you are charged with reckless driving in Arizona, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your legal options and potential defenses.