Illinois Reckless Driving Attorney
In Illinois, reckless driving is not just a traffic violation; it's a criminal offense. You can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor (or a felony for aggravated reckless driving) and end up with a criminal record if convicted. Additionally, a conviction can also result in a driver's license suspension or revocation. At the Law Office of Francis J. Discipio, we help clients facing reckless driving charges. We take these charges seriously and help you avoid both jail time and loss of driving privileges.
What is Reckless Driving?
Reckless driving is a nebulous term that generally states that you were driving in a manner that threatened the safety of other motorists and/or pedestrians. You can be charged with reckless driving in many different circumstances, including:
- Committing two or more traffic violations at the same time, such as speeding and running a red light
- Willfully or wantonly disregarding the safety of other people or property while driving
- Purposefully using "an incline in the roadway…to cause the vehicle to become airborne."
Most cases of reckless driving are Class A misdemeanors that can result in up to on year in jail and a $2,500 for conviction. If, however, a reckless driving incident involves bodily injury it becomes aggravated reckless driving, which is either a Class 4 or Class 3 felony charge depending on who is injured and how severely. Injuries to a child or school crossing guard while performing duties result in enhanced charges. No matter what the circumstances, it is important to hire an attorney skilled in handling these charges to protect you from the harsh consequences you could face.
If you are charged with reckless driving or aggravated reckless driving, we have the experience and knowledge to effectively defend you. Our Practice serves clients throughout the Cook County and DuPage County including Wheaton, Bridgeview, Maywood, Rolling Meadows, and Skokie. Contact Us today for a free initial consultation.