Police officers are given wide discretion to cite people for Reckless Driving. To support a reckless driving charge, all the police officer has to show is that the driving behavior resulted in a reckless disregard for the safety of others. As a defense attorney, I am constantly fighting these charges based on the subjective nature of the statute – basically, whatever the officer believes is reckless driving can support a reckless driving charge.
Reckless Driving is a class 2 misdemeanor – maximum penalty is 4 months in jail, $750 fine plus 84% surcharge and probation – additionally a conviction will result in mandatory traffic survival school and eight points against your record. Depending on how many points you already have, you could experience a license suspension.
DON’T LET POLICE OFFICERS ABUSE THEIR AUTHORITY!! If you have been arrested or cited for reckless driving, hire a criminal defense attorney to fight your case.