In Wisconsin, reckless driving is considered more than a simple traffic violation. It can be a criminal offense that lands you in jail. Reckless driving involves driving in a negligent manner that results in endangering other people. In the most serious cases, reckless driving results in grave injuries to others. Many traffic violations carry penalties of a fine or license suspension. However, because a charge of reckless can involve severe injury to another person, some who are charged with reckless driving end up with felony convictions.
If you are charged with reckless driving you need representation from an experienced Racine reckless driving lawyer, who is familiar with the laws related to traffic violations in Wisconsin. The staff at Cafferty Law Office, S.C., is not only experienced with traffic violations, but has years of experience in criminal law.
Under section 346.62 of the Wisconsin statute, you can be charged with reckless driving if you:
If you are convicted of reckless driving, the penalties range from a $50 fine to up to 3 years in prison. The penalty that you receive depends on several factors, including whether or not someone was injured, the seriousness of the injuries, and whether or not you have prior reckless driving convictions within the last 4 years.
If you are found guilty of reckless driving, but you did not injure anyone, you will have to pay a fine of between $50 and $500. However, if you have at least 2 reckless driving convictions in the last 4 years, your sentence will also include up to 1 year in jail.
If you are found guilty of reckless driving, and as a result you injured someone, you will have to pay a fine of between $300 and $2000, and spend between 30 days and 1 year in jail.
If you are found guilty of reckless driving, and as a result you seriously injured someone, you will have committed a Class I felony. You may be sentenced to up to 3 years in prison and be required to pay a fine of up to $10,000.
Because the consequences of being convicted of reckless driving are serious, if you are charged with reckless driving you need an experienced traffic violation attorney to help you sort out all of the facts regarding your case. Pat Cafferty and staff at the Cafferty Law Office, S.C., has successfully defended clients charged not only with reckless driving, but with other traffic violations including criminal offenses. Contact us at 262-893-8333 to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Racine reckless driving lawyer.