Reckless driving is defined as driving “a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanted disregard for the safety of persons or property…” Under subsection (b) of Vehicle Code § 23103, this crime can be committed also in an off-street parking facility.
The minimum punishment is five days in county jail. The maximum is ninety days in county jail. The minimum fine is $145 and the maximum fine is $1,000. The statute allows a judge to impose both the jail time and a fine in appropriate cases.
In DUI cases, a negotiated plea bargain may include a plea to reckless driving, which is preferable to a plea to DUI. When this happens, the complaint is amended to add a charge of defendant violating Vehicle Code § 23103 pursuant to § 23103.5. This is known as a “wet reckless.”
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