Washington State Bar Association

Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is a gross misdemeanor crime in Washington State. Reckless driving carries a maximum penalty of 365 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. The elements of a Reckless Driving charges involve the driving of a vehicle with the willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. A person who is convicted of Reckless Driving in the State of Washington will likely have their driver’s license suspended for 30 days by the Department of Licensing. If such a suspension is imposed, the driver will need to purchase SR-22 insurance (high risk driving insurance) for a three year period. A DUI charge can sometimes be negotiated and amended to a Reckless Driving charge. However, a DUI charge that has been amended to a Reckless Driving charge can be considered a prior DUI for sentencing purposes. The Law offices of Deborah Alexander, Attorney at Law, PLLC represents clients charged with DUI and Reckless Driving.

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