Reckless driving is a gross misdemeanor charge that usually carries up to a $5,000 fine and 364 days in jail. Under some circumstances, it can also carry up to a 90-day jail sentence.
Reckless driving charges can frequently accompany citations for other less serious traffic violations. This is because Washington law defines the crime very broadly: operating a motor vehicle with willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. These activities fit into the legal definition of reckless driving:
Aggressively changing lanes
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