625 ILCS 5/11-503 states that a person commits the offense of reckless driving if he or she: “drives any vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property; or knowingly drives a vehicle using an incline in a roadway, such as a railroad crossing, bridge approach, or hill, to cause the vehicle to become airborne.”
What can happen to you if you are charged with Reckless Driving?
You are, at the bare minimum, looking at a Class A misdemeanor which is punishable by a sentence of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
If the reckless driving violation caused bodily harm to a child or school crossing guard then you could be facing a Class 4 felony. A conviction of a Class 4 felony is punishable by a sentence of up to 3 years in a state penitentiary and a fine of up to $25,000.
There is more…………If the violation caused great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement to another, you could be looking at a Class 4 felony. If a child or school crossing guard experienced great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement you could face a Class 3 felony which is punishable by a sentence of 3-5 years in a state penitentiary and a fine of up to $25,000.
The above mentioned consequences illustrate how serious the consequences of a Reckless Driving conviction can be on your future. If you have been charged with Reckless Driving, please contact the Law Office of Keith Short immediately and we will help you. 618-254-0055