Reckless Driving is a class B misdemeanor offense under Tennessee law. To be convicted of reckless driving, the State must prove that a person drove a vehicle in “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of person or property”. If convicted, there is no mandatory minimum sentence, but the maximum punishment is six months of jail and a $500 fine. This means that if someone were convicted of Reckless Driving the Judge would have the discretion to give them no jail time, fine or any other punishment.
Reckless Driving is an offense unrelated to DUI other than sharing the element that it involves someone driving a motor vehicle. Settlement agreements of DUI arrests sometimes involve an agreement for the State to substitute a reckless driving charge for the original DUI charge.
If you or someone you know is facing a reckless driving charge and have questions regarding the legal actions that may ensue, contact me, Attorney Russell Thomas, at 615-620-0891 for answers to any questions you may have.