Reckless driving is a crime in Utah. A person can be convicted for:
The term “willful” refers to conduct that is intentional or purposeful. “Wanton” generally means the person understood but disregarded the consequences of the conduct. And “moving violations” include traffic offenses like speeding, driving under the influence (DUI), and running a red light.
Reckless driving is a class B misdemeanor in Utah. Convicted motorists face up to six months in jail and a maximum of $1,000 in fines. For a first reckless driving conviction, the Driver License Division (DLD) can suspend the driver’s license for up to three months upon the recommendation of the judge. License suspension is mandatory for a second reckless driving violation within a 12-month period.
A reckless driving conviction will add 80 demerit points to the motorist’s driving record. Generally, accumulating 200 or more points within a three-year period can lead to license suspension.
In some states, it’s possible for a driver who’s charged with a 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.”
Utah law doesn’t prohibit plea bargaining in DUI cases. So, for someone who’s accused of driving under the influence in Utah, plea bargaining for a reckless driving charge is a possibility.
The facts of every case are different. 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.