RECKLESS DRIVING IN MICHIGAN
Misdemeanor, 6 points , up to 93 days in jail,
License Suspension and Driver Responsibilty Fees
Reckless Driving in Michigan, is defined as "driving on a highway, frozen public lake, or parking place; in wanton or willful disregard of the safety of persons or property. It is a criminal misdemeanor offense that stays on your record forever; penalties are high and suspension of your driver's license is mandatory through the Secretay of State.
Because a reckless driving charge is a criminal misdemeanor in MI, the prosecutor must prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt for each and every element of the reckless driving charge (pursuant to the Michigan Jury Instructions).
Reckless Driving Can Be Challenged
The reckless driving statute in Michigan is very vague, and open to several interpretations. There are many Michigan cases which support and define the necessary elements of the offense of reckless driving. The Prosecution has a very high burden of proof to show that you had the 'wanton' or 'willful' disregard to the safety of persons or property while driving your vehicle. This can be challenged through a persuasive legal argument to the Judge or Jury. In most cases, a lesser included civil infraction offense is an option to a reckless driving charge in most Michigan jurisdictions.
So, do not simply just go to court and plead Guilty because the penalties are very stringent and you have options. One important penalty of reckless driving in Michigan is that your license will be suspended and then restricted for several months. Additionally, you will receive a letter from the Michigan Department of Treasury to pay them Driver Responsibility Fees (DRF) for 2 years in a row. Further, a reckless driving conviction stays on your record forever and can not be expunged.
In most reckless driving cases, we have successfully negotiated reckless driving misdemeanor charge down to a traffic civil infraction.
If you have been charged with Reckless Driving Misdemeanor Ticket in MI, we can help you.
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