Feb 21, 2022
Driving around the streets of Kentucky may prove difficult at times, especially during peak traffic times. When you get an opening to get around the gridlock, the police may thwart your progress.
One of the vaguest charges you may face is one for reckless driving. Part of the confusion is it does not have a set definition in the Kentucky statutes. Learn more about what this kind of charge may mean should you stand accused of it.
Most laws have a clear set of circumstances that state what you did wrong. Reckless driving is not one of them. Instead, it often means that you have not adhered to the safe driving laws set out in the statute. Some examples of possible reckless acts include:
A DUI is a serious charge, but when you engage in other unsafe driving practices, the police may charge you with wet reckless driving. This combines the two charges and ups the ante for your punishment. If this is your first offense, the judge may reduce a DUI to reckless driving. However, if you refuse chemical testing or have a BAC higher than .08, the reduction is unlikely.
If you have a clean record and get a charge for reckless driving, you may not receive too high a penalty. Of course, the factors of the circumstance come into play when deciding on a punishment. If the police find you committing multiple unsafe acts, the judge may impose a higher fine or possible remedial driving. For subsequent charges, the punishment increases.
Understanding what a reckless driving charge may mean helps you decide how to mount a defense.