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Reckless Driving in Arizona


The Definitive Guide

Arizona Reckless Driving

Reckless driving is its own separate criminal offense in Arizona.  However, it not uncommon to see it charged along with such crimes DUI, Extreme DUI, or Super-Extreme DUI.

If you been charge with Reckless Driving then this guide is what you are looking for. 


What is Considered Reckless Driving in Arizona?

Reckless Driving is found in ARS 28-693.  The statute provides:

A person who drives a vehicle in reckless disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. A person convicted of reckless driving is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor.

Driver's License Penalty

A judge may require you surrender to a police officer of your driver license upon conviction. The conviction shall be reported the the department of motor vehicle. The Department may order your driving privileges to be suspended for a period of not more than ninety days.

Second Conviction

If you are convicted of reckless driving second time within a period of twenty-four months the result is:
1. A class 1 misdemeanor;
2. You are not eligible for probation, pardon, suspension of sentence or release on any basis until you have served not less than twenty days in jail;
3. The Motor Vehicle Division shall revoke your driving privilege of the person.

Dates of Offense

In determining whether a second offense occurred within a twenty four month period the date offense is the used (not the sentencing date).

Same Series of Acts

A second or subsequent violation for which a conviction results does not include a conviction for an offense arising out of the same series of acts.

Work Release

On pronouncement of a jail sentence under this section, and after the court receives confirmation that the person is employed or is a student, the court may provide in the sentence that if the defendant is employed or is a student the defendant can continue employment or schooling for not more than twelve hours per day nor more than five days per week. The defendant shall spend the remaining days or parts of days in jail until the sentence is served and shall be allowed out of jail only long enough to complete the defendant's actual hours of employment or schooling.

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