Reckless driving is a serious crime in Wisconsin, and it’s one the courts don’t take lightly. That’s likely because reckless driving leads to accidents that can cause another person’s death—but you don’t need to be in an accident to face reckless driving charges in Milwaukee, Waukesha, or any of the other cities in Wisconsin.
What is Reckless Driving?
Wisconsin law says that “No person may endanger the safety of any person or property by the negligent operation of a vehicle.” It goes further to say that “No person may cause bodily harm to another by the negligent operation of a vehicle,” and “No person may cause great bodily harm to another by the negligent operation of a vehicle.
What does that mean, though? What qualifies as reckless?
The fact is that a jury can find you guilty of reckless driving if you meet any of these conditions:
- You operated a vehicle on a highway in a manner constituting criminal negligence
- Your operation of the vehicle endangered any person or property
- Your operation of the vehicle caused bodily harm or great bodily harm to another person
Criminal negligence means ordinary negligence to a high degree, and it refers to conduct you should realize creates a risk of death or great bodily harm to another person. If a reasonable person would know that the behavior was that risky, according to the law, you should, too.
Do You Need to Talk to an Attorney About Reckless Driving?
If you need to talk to a reckless driving lawyer in Milwaukee, Waukesha, or any of the surrounding communities, we may be able to help you.
Call us at 414-383-6700 if you’re in Milwaukee or 262-650-6700 if you’re in Waukesha. We’ll be happy to give you a free reckless driving consultation and answer your questions, and we’ll develop a defense strategy when we have the facts in your case.