What Does Reckless Driving Mean?
Reckless Driving, often referred to as “Dry Reckless” is another common offense in California. Typically, the person is pulled over with the initial suspicion they may have been driving under the influence. There are several factors which may go into determining this but if the driving is determined as “reckless” and no other inhibiting factors such as drugs or alcohol were involved, then the resulting conviction is typically Reckless Driving.
In California Vehicle Code, section 23103 states as follows:
(a) A person who drives a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.
(b) A person who drives a vehicle in an offstreet parking facility, as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 12500, in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.
This section defines that when the defendant is proven to have willful or intentional disregard for the safety of others and personal property while driving a motor vehicle in a dangerous way, it will result in a reckless driving conviction. This can occur on a highway, street, parking lot etc.
If convicted, it is considered a misdemeanor and the punishments can include a fine between $145 and $1,000; a county jail sentence for no more than 90 days; and/or probation that typically lasts up to two years. There is no mandatory jail time for this offense and depending on the details of your case, the punishment can be any number of the penalties listed above.
Effects of A Reckless Driving Conviction
While a Dry Reckless is often seen as preferential when compared to a DUI conviction, it can still have lasting negative effects. Besides the criminal penalties, car insurance is likely to increase, as a conviction of reckless driving is an infraction that results in two points to a driving record.
Because this offense is considered so severe by the DMV, a two point infraction will likely remain on a driving record for up to 13 years. Once this time has elapsed, the conviction is then automatically removed from the record.
Additional Issues with Reckless Driving and Your License
While this conviction will not result in an automatic suspension, the Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS) is likely to come into effect. This system means that a set number of points can be accrued according to certain time periods. These are:
If any of these limits is met, then it will result in an automatic year-long license suspension. To mitigate this, a hearing with the DMV can occur if requested, but success is not guaranteed.
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