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