In Oklahoma, if you get caught driving in an unsafe manner, you could face reckless driving charges. This article explains how reckless driving is defined by Oklahoma law and the penalties you'll face for a conviction.
Reckless driving has two basic components. First, there must be proof that the motorist was driving in a "careless or wanton manner." Second, the prosecution needs to show that the person's driving was:
In other words, a person who drives dangerously or violates the speed limit, and is at least negligent in doing so, can be convicted of reckless driving. Generally, a person acts negligently by doing something that a reasonable person wouldn't have done or failing to do something that a reasonable person would have done.
In Oklahoma, reckless driving is a misdemeanor criminal offense. The consequences of a reckless driving conviction depend on the circumstances. But the possible penalties are provided below
The possible jail time and fines for a reckless driving conviction depend on whether the driver has any prior convictions. Here are the fines and jail time for a first offense and a second or subsequent offense:
In addition to any fines the judge imposes, all drivers convicted of reckless driving must pay a "penalty assessment" of $155.
A reckless driving conviction will also add eight "points" to the motorist's driving record. Accumulating too many points can lead to license suspension.
In Oklahoma, it's possible for a driver who's charged with driving 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."
The consequences of a reckless driving conviction in Oklahoma 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.