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What Constitutes a Reckless Driving Charge

 Posted on July 12,2019 in Traffic Violations

IL defense lawyerWhen a person makes the decision to drive recklessly, they are making the decision to endanger other travelers as well as themselves. Recognizing this, the state of Illinois punishes reckless driving incredibly harshly. Reckless driving is defined in 625 ILCS 5/11-503, as negligent vehicular operation that willfully disregards the safety of others. According to Illinois state law, reckless driving usually results in a Class A Misdemeanor. Due to the severity of the legal consequences of a reckless driving charge, it is critically important to seek out quality legal representation immediately.

Common Forms of Reckless Driving

In addition to a misdemeanor charge on a person’s permanent record, a reckless driving charge can also result in rises in a person’s insurance rates. In some instances, reckless driving will result in a license revocation or suspension.

Aggravated Speeding: If a person is apprehended while driving 35 miles per hour over the legal speed limit, they will likely be charged with aggravated speeding. Aggravated speeding results in a Class A misdemeanor and is one of the more common forms of reckless driving. The primary reason for aggravated speeding being defined as a form of reckless driving is due to the fact that traveling at such high speeds can impact a person’s reaction time and correspondingly the safety and wellbeing of other travelers.

Distracted Driving: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 3,166 Americans were fatally injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers. Recognizing the inherent risks of distracted driving (primarily cellular phone use), it is regarded as reckless driving in the state of Illinois.

Other Dangerous Actions: Reckless driving can also come in a number of forms that would constitute dangerous actions. These include running stop signs and weaving in and out of traffic. It should be noted that drag racing is also a form of reckless driving. If you are cited for one of these actions, you need to speak with an attorney immediately.

Contact a Naperville Reckless Driving Lawyer

Reckless driving is not a simple traffic violation. If you have been cited for reckless driving you will likely face misdemeanor charges on your criminal record, potential of a year in prison, and possible license suspension or revocation. Due to the severe punishments for reckless driving, it is important for you to contact a qualified legal professional as soon as possible. Attorney Patricia Magaña has years of experience defending clients cited for reckless driving. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a skilled Will County criminal defense attorney, call us today at 630-448-2001.




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