The Reckless Driving charge in Michigan is a misdemeanor charge which carries with it a possible penalty of up to 93 days in jail. Per the Reckless Driving Statute, MCL 257.626, a person who operates a vehicle upon a highway or a frozen public lake, stream, or pond or other place open to the general public, including, but not limited to, an area designated for the parking of motor vehicles, in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. “Willful or wanton disregard” means more than simple carelessness but does not require proof of an intent to cause harm. It means knowingly disregarding the possible risks to the safety of people or property.
As we are reckless driving criminal attorneys, we understand that the reckless driving law was recently amended to include the additional offenses of reckless driving causing serious injury and reckless driving causing death. Reckless driving causing serious injury is a felony with a possible sentence of up to five years in prison. Reckless driving causing death is a very serious felony, where a conviction for causing the death of another due to reckless driving could result in a prison sentence of up to fifteen years incarceration.
If you or a loved one is charged with reckless driving in Michigan, expect to have the entire Amberg & Amberg team fighting for you. With innovative motions and defenses, the courage to stand up to tough prosecutors, and the belief in your innocence, we will fight with you to the end. If you or a family member needs our help, call or email us today.