Indiana defines “reckless driving” as operating a vehicle recklessly and:
Generally, an act is done “recklessly” when the person knows or should know the conduct is risky but decides to do it anyway.
(Ind. Code Ann. § 9-21-8-52 (2018).)
The consequences of a reckless driving conviction depend on the circumstances. But the possible penalties are:
In Indiana, it’s possible for a driver who’s charged with operating while intoxicated (OWI) 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.”
When a driver who was originally charged with operating while intoxicated ends of entering a plea to a reckless driving charge, in addition to the reckless driving penalties, there's a $200 "alcohol and drug countermeasures" fee.
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 Indiana can be serious, especially if the offense involves property damage or injuries. 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.