A reckless driving ticket in AZ is a serious criminal traffic violation in terms of associated penalties upon conviction. Reckless driving is defined in section 28-693 of the Arizona Revised Statutes as:
- A person who drives a vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.
- A person convicted of reckless driving is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.
The penalties associated with a reckless driving conviction (first offense) can include up to a maximum of 4 months in jail, a $750.00 fine (plus 84% surcharge) and suspension of driving privileges for up to 90 days. In addition, this is 8 points against your driver's license and can also cause a substantial increase in your car insurance rates. If a person has a prior history of reckless driving within a 24 month period, this can be charged as a class 1 misdemeanor, which, if convicted, can result in jail time of up to 6 months (20 days minimum), up to a maximum of $2,500.00 fine (plus 84% surcharge), and revocation of driving privileges.
The State takes criminal traffic violations very seriously and given the possiblity for jail time, steep fines, possible increase in insurance rates, and loss of driving privileges, it is advantageous to seek the advice and representation of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can launch an aggressive defense on your behalf. If you or a loved one has been charged with reckless driving, aggressive driving, or any other criminal traffic violation, contact the Firm for a free consultation regarding your rights and legal options. We represent individuals in the East Valley (Gilbert, Mesa, Chandler, Scottsdale, Apache Junction, Fountain Hills, Paradise Valley, Casa Grande, San Tan Valley and Queen Creek), Phoenix and surrounding cities, and throughout the State of Arizona.