Washington D.C. defines “reckless driving” as driving:
Basically, a person can be convicted of reckless driving for operating a vehicle in a manner that puts people or property in danger.
And D.C. has a more serious offense called “aggravated reckless driving.” A motorist commits aggravated reckless driving if, while driving recklessly, he or she does one or more of the following:
(D.C. Code Ann. § 50-2201.04 (2018).)
The consequences of a reckless driving violation depend on the circumstances. But generally, the possible penalties are:
A reckless driving conviction will add six demerit points to a motorist’s driving record, and an aggravated reckless driving violation is 12 points. Accumulating eight or more points within two years can lead to license suspension.
In D.C., 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.”
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 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.