Reckless Driving In Michigan

What is Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving in Michigan is defined as driving with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” What does this mean exactly? The statute does nothing to provide more insight. The truth is that there is a lot of room for argument on whether one should be convicted of driving in a “willful or wanton” manner. Often times reckless driving is charged for the purpose of giving the government bargaining power in its prosecution over a defendant.

It’s Not Just a “Traffic Ticket”

Many people incorrectly assume that a reckless driving charge is “just a traffic ticket.” The reason for this incorrect assumption is probably because most people charged with this offense are never placed under arrest or thrown in jail after being pulled over. The citation that one receives looks exactly like a citation they would receive for any other traffic offense. However, reckless driving in Michigan is a misdemeanor criminal offense; that means that a reckless driving conviction is going to leave one with a criminal background amongst other things. Mandatory court appearances are required for those charged with this offense. It is not possible to get out of this situation by simply paying a fine and being on your way. Failure to attend court appearances will lead to a warrant being issued for one’s arrest.


Along with the criminal sanctions that are attached to this misdemeanor offense, a reckless driving conviction is going to have a serious impact on one’s driving record and insurance premiums. One convicted of reckless driving could be given up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.00. Defendants will also receive six points on their driving record, and the Secretary of State will suspend a license for up to 90 days.

Contact a Michigan Criminal Defense and Traffic Attorney Today

The one goal that every criminal defense attorney should have when it comes to reckless driving charges in Michigan is to get their client out of a criminal prosecution and into traffic court. However, sometimes the facts and circumstances justify an outright dismissal of any charges or trial. Akiva Goldman & Associates are experienced criminal defense and traffic attorneys. We understand how to help our clients attain their objectives in reckless driving cases. Contact us today for a free initial consultation at 586-268-2400.

Get Help With Your Michigan Reckless Driving Legal Matters

Reckless driving is not just a “traffic ticket.” It is a criminal offense that carries significant penalties. Those charged with reckless driving need to contact an experienced criminal defense and traffic attorney to help them resolve these issues. Goldman & Associates are experienced attorneys in Metro Detroit, and you can contact us today for a free consultation at 586-268-2400. Get help with your legal matter and put the law on your side.