Reckless driving is a misdemeanor in the state of California. According to California Vehicle Code Section 23103, “a person who drives a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.”
A conviction for this offense can result in imprisonment in a county jail for up to 90 days and/or a fine of up to $1,000. These penalties can increase if someone was hurt or killed as a result of reckless driving or if you have a previous reckless driving conviction on your driving record.
What is Reckless Driving in California?
A reckless driving conviction will add two points to your driving record, which can lead to a suspension of your license. Points on your driving record can increase your monthly auto insurance costs.
A reckless driving charge can result for a variety of reasons, such as driving at high rates of speed or weaving in and out of traffic lanes. A reckless driving charge can also come along with other serious criminal charges relating to the same incident, including driving under the influence, a hit and run or street racing.