Reckless Driving in Illinois

The controlling Illinois Statute is: is 625 ILCS 5/11‑503 which states as follows:

A person commits reckless driving if he or she:

  1. Drives any vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property; or
  2. knowingly drives a vehicle and uses an incline in a roadway, such as a railroad crossing, bridge approach, or hill, to cause the vehicle to become airborne.

The State takes Reckless Driving offenses very seriously. The basic allegation of Reckless Driving is that you “Threatened the safety and well being of other motorists and/or pedestrians with a willful and wanton disregard.”


Reckless Driving in Illinois is a Class A misdemeanor. The range of penalties for Reckless Driving is up to 364 days in county jail; up to 24 months probation, conditional discharge or court supervision; and/or fines up to $2,500.00. Further, if you receive a conviction for Reckless Driving, your Driver’s License could be suspended or revoked based on prior convictions on your driving record. Last, your auto insurance provider may raise your premiums depending on your driving record.

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The state treats all traffic offenses as very serious matters. At the Lawler Brown Law Firm we understand that our legal representation must tailor to your specific life situation. You should feel confident in knowing you hired the right Defense Attorney to best represent your specific needs. No attorney can guarantee the outcome of a case. But rest assured, I will fight to ensure the best possible resolution in your case. Contact our office today for a FREEconsultation.

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