Driving is a huge part of modern life. However, when operated incorrectly, cars and other vehicles become incredibly dangerous. Because of this, the laws governing it are strict and complex. If you’re facing charges in Michigan, immediately speak with a reckless driving attorney.
“… 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.”
There are many factors that dictate how mild or how severe the punishment is, such as speed, property damage, place and if any injuries or death resulted from it. Under Michigan law, standard reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor. However, reckless driving causing serious bodily injury or death is categorized as a felony.
In Michigan, the consequences of a reckless driving charge vary depending on the circumstances.
Below are the general penalties for each reckless driving charge:
Standard: Misdemeanor; up to 93 days jail sentence and/or $500 maximum fine.
Reckless driving involving serious injuries: Felony; up to five year(s) in jail/prison and/or $1,000-$5,000 in fines. Vehicle immobilized for up to 180 days or forfeited.
Reckless driving involving fatalities: Felony; up to 15 years in prison and/or $2,500-$10,000 in fines. Vehicle immobilized for up to 180 days or forfeited.
Secretary of State Point System for Traffic Tickets/Offenses
Careless driving. Disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign or improper passing. 11 through 15 mph over the legal speed limit. Failure to stop at railroad crossing. Failure to stop for a school bus or for disobeying a school crossing guard.
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