Can I Go to Jail for a Reckless Driving Charge in Texas?

If you were charged with reckless driving in Texas, you will need to retain the services of a skilled Hidalgo County, Texas criminal defense lawyer today. We are on your side.

How does Texas define reckless driving?

Contrary to most common traffic violations, reckless driving can be placed on your criminal record in the state of Texas. Reckless driving is described as the operation of a vehicle with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” It is essential to note that reckless driving can be deemed a felony if it concerns added behavior, such as racing, or if someone is injured or passes away. Reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your claim.

What are the consequences of reckless driving?

There are several consequences for the first offense of driving recklessly, including:

  • A fine of up to $200;
  • Up to 30 days in county jail; or
  • Both a fine and jail time.

It is essential to recognize that if you have a repeated reckless driving offense, your consequences will be stricter and will likely result in a license suspension.

What constitutes a reckless driving charge?

In Texas, you will likely be charged with driving recklessly if you have driven with conscious or deliberate disregard for the safety of others. You may receive a ticket for this offense for the following:

  • Driving significantly over the posted speed limit;
  • Driving too fast for road conditions;
  • Weaving in and out of traffic;
  • Driving intoxicated;
  • Street racing;
  • Evading the police; or
  • Otherwise endangering the life or property of another.

Speeding does not always suggest a reckless driving charge. Rather, driving at excessive speeds or driving too fast for road conditions, despite being within the speed limit can land you a reckless driving charge.

It is also critical to note that racing another vehicle on the road can result in numerous charges like a Class A or Class B misdemeanor. Racing can also end up in a felony charge. The three types of felony charges for racing include a state jail felony, a third-degree felony, and a second-degree felony.

Do not wait to reach out to our firm today to learn more about your options with our dedicated legal team.

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With collective decades of experience, the experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Angel Davila are committed to helping protect you from the penalties associated with a criminal conviction by defending you against charges of everything from DUI to Murder, and everything in between. We also help people through various family law and estate planning matters. Our firm proudly serves clients in Hidalgo County and throughout the state of Texas. For quality legal defense when you need it most, contact the Law Office of Angel Davila today.