Illinois Reckless Driving Lawyers
St. Charles Reckless Driving Attorneys
If you are charged with reckless driving in Illinois, you may deal with serious ramifications on your life and livelihood as a result. As reckless driving can be either a misdemeanor or a felony in this state, it is important to contact a law firm with experience in Illinois traffic laws to ensure that you understand the charges you are facing, the potential ramification of those charges, and the best way to handle them so that your life can get back to normal as quickly as possible.
What is Reckless Driving?
Illinois statute (625 ILCS 5/11-503) states that, A person commits reckless driving if he or she: (1) drives any vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property; or (2) knowingly drives a vehicle and uses an incline in a roadway…to cause the vehicle to become airborne.
What are the Penalties for Reckless Driving in Illinois?
In most cases, reckless driving is a misdemeanor. This means that it is more serious than other traffic violations and may result in a criminal record for the driver. In some situations, this crime is actually considered a felony. Factors that increase the severity of the penalty include:
- - If the disregard for others results in great body harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another,” or
- - If the reckless driving results in bodily harm to a child or an on-duty school crossing guard
Depending on the specific details of your situation, you may be facing a misdemeanor, class 3 felony, or class 4 felony charge. The penalties can vary from license suspension and probation to thousands of dollars in fines and potential time in jail.
When you are facing charges for reckless driving, or for any other traffic violation in Illinois, it is always in your best interest to contact an experienced traffic law attorney. The laws and legal process can be confusing; you need someone who knows this area of the law to explain your options and help you determine the best course of action for your unique situation. The traffic lawyers at Donahue, Sowa & Magana can help.
Contact us today to set up an appointment. We serve clients in St. Charles and Naperville as well as throughout Will County, Kane County, and Cook County.