Reckless Operation of a motor vehicle requires a person to drive their motor vehicle in a “willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property.” Although a first time violation of Reckless Operation is a minor misdemeanor, like most traffic violations, it carries with it serious collateral consequences.
For your first Reckless Operation ticket, you will be facing a max fine of $150 and court costs. However, the court may impose a 6 month to 3 year license suspension on your driver’s license! Even for a first time offense!
In addition, each subsequent Reckless Operation ticket brings about stiffer penalties; too include larger fines and the possibility of jail!
In Southwest Ohio, some municipalities make Reckless Operation a per se violation if your vehicle’s speed is doubled the posted speed limit. For example, a police officer uses his radar gun to clock your vehicle going 50 mph in a 25 mph zone. That would automatically lead to a Reckless Operation charge!
Lastly, if you are convicted of a Reckless Operation the Ohio BMV will assess four points against your driver’s license! This can mean high-risk auto insurance (SR-22 Bond) or being dropped from your auto insurance!
How Attorney Tom Kopacz Can Help You
Attorney Tom Kopacz will go over your Reckless Operation ticket with you, listen to your side of the story, answer any and all questions you may have, and will provide you with a case assessment and discuss possible defenses against your Reckless Operation ticket.
DO NOT LET A TRAFFIC/CRIMINAL CONVICTION RUIN YOUR LIFE!
Do not take on these serious charges alone. Attorney Tom Kopacz, of Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues, will assess all the evidence that will be used against you, spot the weakness of the police officer’s and prosecutor’s case, formulate defenses in your favor, utilize the weakness in the prosecutor’s case and your defenses to negotiate a favorable outcome, and works to Minimize The Negative Consequences