In Arizona, it’s a crime to drive a vehicle “in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property.” The reckless driving law doesn’t define what “reckless disregard” means. But generally, an action is reckless when the person is aware the conduct is risky but decides to do it anyway.
(Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 28-693 (2017).)
The consequences of a reckless driving conviction depend on the circumstances. But the possible penalties are:
In Arizona, it’s possible for a driver who’s charged with operating under the influence (DUI) to plea bargain for a lesser charge. When a DUI is plea bargained down to a reckless driving charge, it’s sometimes called a “wet reckless.”
HOW MUCH TIME WOULD YOU ACTUALLY SPEND IN JAIL?
Generally speaking, sentencing law is complex and varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For example, a statute might list a “minimum” jail sentence that’s longer than the actual amount of time (if any) a defendant will have to spend behind bars. All kinds of factors can affect actual punishment, including the severity of the damage at issue, credits for good in-custody behavior, and jail-alternative work programs.
If you face criminal charges, consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer. An attorney with command of the rules in your jurisdiction will be able to explain the law as it applies to your situation.
The consequences of a reckless driving conviction in Arizona can be serious. If you’ve been arrested for or charged with reckless driving, get in contact with an experienced defense attorney. A qualified attorney can explain how the law applies to the facts of your case and help you decide on how best to handle your situation.