Reckless Driving Washington State Whatcom County Lawyer

RECKLESS DRIVING

In District and Municipal Courts the gross misdemeanor crime of Reckless Driving is commonly charged when a drive drives in a reckless (dangerous) manner, is racing another vehicle or exceeds the speed limit by a significant margin.  In the DUI context, Reckless Driving is often utilized as an alternative to driving under the influence when a case is amended and reduced. Reckless Driving has no mandatory penalties in court however, the DOL will suspend the driving privilege of an individual convicted of Reckless Driving for 30 days. If you have been charged with Reckless Driving please call our Reckless Driving Defense Attorneys at our office for a free consultation.

RECKLESS DRIVING - THE LAW

RECKLESS DRIVING

  

RCW 46.61.500


(1) Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Violation of the provisions of this section is a gross misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for up to three hundred sixty-four days and by a fine of not more than five thousand dollars.
(2)(a) Subject to (b) of this subsection, the license or permit to drive or any nonresident privilege of any person convicted of reckless driving shall be suspended by the department for not less than thirty days.
(b) When a reckless driving conviction is a result of a charge that was originally filed as a violation of RCW 46.61.502 or 46.61.504, or an equivalent local ordinance, the department shall grant credit on a day-for-day basis for any portion of a suspension, revocation, or denial already served under an administrative action arising out of the same incident. During any period of suspension, revocation, or denial due to a conviction for reckless driving as the result of a charge originally filed as a violation of RCW 46.61.502 or46.61.504, any person who has obtained an ignition interlock driver's license under RCW 46.20.385 may continue to drive a motor vehicle pursuant to the provision of the ignition interlock driver's license without obtaining a separate temporary restricted driver's license under RCW 46.20.391.
(3)(a) Except as provided under (b) of this subsection, a person convicted of reckless driving who has one or more prior offenses as defined in RCW 46.61.5055(14) within seven years shall be required, under RCW 46.20.720, to install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles operated by the person if the conviction is the result of a charge that was originally filed as a violation of RCW 46.61.502, 46.61.504, or an equivalent local ordinance.
(b) A person convicted of reckless driving shall be required, under RCW 46.20.720, to install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles operated by the person if the conviction is the result of a charge that was originally filed as a violation of RCW 46.61.520 committed while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or RCW 46.61.522 committed while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug.

​[2012 c 183 § 11. Prior: 2011 c 293 § 4; 2011 c 96 § 34; 1990 c 291 § 1; 1979 ex.s. c 136 § 85; 1967 c 32 § 67; 1965 ex.s. c 155 § 59.]

OUR BELLINGHAM OFFICE

218 West Champion Street, Bellingham, Washington 98225, United States

(360) 734-3847

Send us a Message

Cancel

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OUR MOUNT VERNON OFFICE

410 Myrtle Street, Mount Vernon, Washington 98273, United States

(360) 336-8722

Send Us a Message

Cancel

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

 Please call our Washington State Criminal Defense Law Firm today for a free consultation. 

Criminal Law Memberships

National Trial Lawyers Reckless Driving Lawyer Whatcom County
Top Ranking Reckless Driving Lawyer Bellingham Whatcom County
National College of DUI Defense Reckless Driving
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Bellingham Reckless Driving
Superior Reckless Driving Defense Bellingham Whatcom County
Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Whatcom County WA