In Connecticut, “reckless driving” is a crime. Generally, a person can be convicted of reckless driving for operating a vehicle:
In assessing whether a motorist’s driving meets the definition of recklessness, a judge or jury might consider factors like road, weather, and traffic conditions.
The consequences of a reckless driving conviction depend on the circumstances. But the possible penalties are:
And for any reckless driving offense that's committed in a construction zone, the fines are doubled.
In Connecticut, it’s possible for a driver who’s charged with operating under the influence (OUI), sometimes called driving under the influence (DUI), to plea bargain for a lesser charge. When an OWI is plea-bargained down to a reckless driving charge, it’s sometimes called a “wet reckless.”
The consequences of a reckless driving conviction in Connecticut can be serious, especially if the driver has prior convictions. 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.