Oklahoma's Reckless Driving Laws and Penalties

How Oklahoma law defines "reckless driving" and the consequences of a conviction.

In Oklahoma, reckless driving is a misdemeanor. The crime 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.

Reckless Driving Penalties

The consequences of a reckless driving conviction depend on the circumstances. But the possible penalties are:

  • First offense. Motorists convicted of a first reckless driving offense face five to 90 days in jail and/or $100 to $500 in fines.
  • Repeat offense. For a second or subsequent reckless driving conviction, the motorist is looking at ten days to six months in jail and/or $150 to $1,000 in fines.

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.

Reckless Driving and DUI Charges (“Wet Reckless”)

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.”

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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.

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