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Naperville Reckless Driving Attorney

Reckless Driving Is Classified As A Criminal Charge

A charge for reckless driving is more serious than an ordinary traffic violation. If you are convicted of reckless driving, your license may be suspended or revoked. A conviction means that you will have a criminal record, which could negatively impact your employment opportunities and your insurance rates. You could even serve jail or prison time.

At the Law Office of Philip R. Nathe, we can often minimize the consequences when you are charged with a serious traffic offense such as reckless driving. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, contact Naperville reckless driving defense lawyer Philip R. Nathe today.

What Is Reckless Driving?

In Illinois, you can be charged with reckless driving for:

  • Not taking into consideration the safety of other people or property while driving, either intentionally or unintentionally. This charge may apply if you have exhibited a "willful and wanton" disregard toward safe driving practices and engaged in behavior that you knew would put others at risk.
  • Purposely causing a vehicle to become airborne through improper use of inclines in the road, railroad crossing, hills, or bridge ramps.

You can be charged with aggravated reckless driving if you were arrested for fleeing from the police, for being involved in a hit-and-run accident, or other aggravating circumstances.

Reckless driving is typically charged as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $2,500 fine. A charge may be elevated to aggravated reckless driving if your actions resulted in someone else's great bodily harm, permanent disability, or disfigurement. Aggravated reckless driving is a Class 4 felony, subject to up to three years in jail and a $25,000 fine. Aggravated reckless driving in which the victim was a child or a school crossing guard is a Class 3 felony, which is subject to up to five years in jail and a maximum fine of $25,000.

Contact Our DuPage County Reckless Driving Defense Lawyer

To protect yourself from costly penalties, contact Naperville reckless driving attorney Philip R. Nathe. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 630-416-7600, toll free at 888-583-6197, or simply contact us online.

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