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What is Reckless Driving?

Reckless DrivingReckless driving is a term used to describe a variety of different things you might see on the road, but in Michigan, there are specific criteria that constitute reckless driving and the laws associated with the behavior. It is possible for a driver to be charged with reckless driving if these criteria are met.

According to Michigan law, reckless driving is:

“Driving on a highway, frozen public lake, or parking place in wanton or willful disregard of the safety of persons or property.”

Reckless driving is taken seriously in Michigan and can result in being charged with a criminal misdemeanor offense with significant penalties, including the mandatory suspension of your driver’s license.

Defending against a Reckless Driving Charge

The good news is it is possible to defend yourself against a reckless driving charge.

In order to be charged, the prosecution must prove you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt and that everything associated with your arrest was legal.

And because the laws associated with reckless driving in Michigan are somewhat open to interpretation, the result can be favorable for the person facing charges. There is a high burden of proof when it comes to showing a driver was wanton or willful, and in many cases, the driver is ultimately charged with a lesser civil infraction because the burden of proof cannot be met.

This is one of the reasons it’s so important to work with an experienced attorney if you are arrested for reckless driving. You should never automatically plead guilty to reckless driving charges, even if you know you were doing something wrong.

Everyone makes mistakes and unfortunately, sometimes those mistakes put people at risk. However, just because you made a careless mistake doesn’t mean you should be forced to pay for it the rest of your life.

An attorney can help you fight back against reckless driving charges and ensure you are not over-penalized for something you did not mean to do wrong.

Reckless Driving Penalties are Steep and Long-lasting

A successful reckless driving conviction will result in the restriction of your driving privileges. This can turn your daily routine upside down and cause repercussions that reach into every area of your life.

Furthermore, you will be forced to pay steep fees and you’ll have the conviction on your record forever because reckless driving can never be expunged.

For more information about the penalties associated with reckless driving in Michigan, check out this information from

Your goal should always be to fight back against a reckless driving charge and do all you can to have the charge reduced. In many cases, drivers are convicted of a civil traffic infraction instead of reckless driving, saving them time, money, and a lifetime of frustration. We can help you fight a reckless driving charge and make the best of a bad situation.

If you’d like to know more about reckless driving laws and the penalties that go with them in Michigan, or you’re being charged with reckless driving and you need an attorney on your side fast, give us a call. We’ll schedule a consultation to discuss your case and do what we can to help you beat this. Contact Andrew W. Kowalkowski, PLLC at 248.974.9594 for more information.

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