Reckless Driving-Understanding the Basics

Reckless Driving

A reckless driving offense is a criminal charge . It is described in the RCW 46.61.500 as “Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.” 

Reckless Driving is a gross misdemeanor and is a major traffic offense.

A Reckless Driving charge is punishable by:

  • Up to 364 days in jail 
  • A fine, not more than $5000.00.  
  • Driver’s license suspension for 30 days.  

Decisions to File Charges

State or County Officers

The patrol officer will submit a complete report to the prosecutor, and the prosecutor will decide if charges will be filed in the court.

You will be notified by mail once the prosecutor has decided that there is enough evidence to charge you with reckless driving.

Your notice of hearing will include the arraignment location, date, and time.  

City Officers

The City Police officer will issue a criminal citation. Charges will be filed and printed on the criminal citation and given to you.  This will included the arraignment location, date and time information for your case.  

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