Reckless Driving Tickets

Reckless Driving in California

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23103.  (a) ( )1 A person who drives a vehicle upon a highway in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.  (b) ( )2 A person who drives a vehicle in an offstreet parking facility, as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 12500, in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.  (c) Persons convicted of the offense of reckless driving shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than five days nor more than 90 days or by a fine of not less than one hundred forty-five dollars ($145) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, except as provided in Section 23104 or 23105.  c

Reckless Driving: Bodily Injury

23104.  (a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), whenever reckless driving of a vehicle proximately causes bodily injury to ( )1 a person other than the driver, the person driving the vehicle shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six months or by a fine of not less than two hundred twenty dollars ($220) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both the fine and imprisonment.  (b) ( )2 A person convicted of reckless driving that proximately causes great bodily injury, as defined in Section 12022.7 of the Penal Code, to ( )1 a person other than the driver, who previously has been convicted of a violation of Section 23103, 23104, 23105, 23109, 23109.1, 23152, or 23153, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison, by imprisonment in the county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six months or by a fine of not less than two hundred twenty dollars ($220) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by both the fine and imprisonment.

Reckless Driving: Specified Injuries

23105.  (a) A person convicted of reckless driving in violation of Section 23103 that proximately causes one or more of the injuries specified in subdivision (b) to a person other than the driver, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison, or by imprisonment in a county jail for not less than 30 days nor more than six months, or by a fine of not less than two hundred twenty dollars ($220) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment.  (b) This section applies to all of the following injuries:

  1. A loss of consciousness.
  2. A concussion.
  3. A bone fracture.
  4. A protracted loss or impairment of function of a bodily member or organ.
  5. A wound requiring extensive suturing.
  6. A serious disfigurement.
  7. Brain injury.
  8. Paralysis.

(c) This section does not preclude or prohibit prosecution under any other provision of law.

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