Reckless Driving


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Lansing Michigan Traffic Defense Attorney

Reckless driving is a traffic misdemeanor with severe consequences. Under MCL 257.626, a person is guilty of reckless driving when operating a vehicle upon a highway or frozen public lake, pond, or other place open to the public in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. A motorist can also be charged with reckless driving for driving excessively over the speed limit.

It has maximum penalties of 93 days in jail, $500 in fines, $2,000 in driver’s responsibility fees ($1,000 for two consecutive years), six points on your driving record, and 180-day suspended license with the first 90 days being a “hard suspension” meaning no driving at all.

Felony Reckless Driving—Causing Serious Injury or Death

Reckless Driving causing serious injury of a bodily function to another person is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and fines ranging from $1,000-5,000. Reckless Driving causing the death of another person is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and fines ranging from $2,500-10,000. In both instances if the vehicle is not ordered forfeited, it must be immobilized.

Consequences and Plea Options

Reckless driving, like any traffic offense, can never be expunged. It forever remains on both your criminal and driving records. Ideally, a successful plea negotiation will involve a plea to a non-traffic related offense or a civil infraction such as careless driving. Careless driving is a three-point civil infraction meaning it is a ticket and not a crime. Sometimes reckless driving will be used as a plea in OWI cases because it is a non-alcohol related offense.

If charged with reckless driving causing injury or death, prosecutors are unlikely to offer a reduction in the charge. In those instances, you may have to go to trial and contest one or more of the elements of the charged offense. If charged with any type of reckless driving, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side to negotiate with the prosecutor, advocate to the judge on your behalf, or try the case.

If you or someone you know is facing reckless driving charges, contact Austin Legal Services, PLC today at (517) 614-1983 to speak to a Michigan reckless driving defense lawyer.


Defending reckless driving and other traffic offenses throughout Michigan in the counties of Ingham, Eaton, Clinton, Gratiot, Shiawassee, Jackson, Barry, Livingston, Kent, Washtenaw in the cities of Lansing, East Lansing, Mason, St. Johns, Ithaca, Charlotte, Corunna, Hastings, Durand, Jackson, Brighton, Howell, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor.