VC 23103 (a, b) – Reckless Driving
VC 23103 (a) 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) 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
Violations of California Vehicle Code VC 23103 (a-b) are very serious criminal charges that can have negative consequences that last for 10 years or more. These are misdemeanor violations, which are criminal offenses. Misdemeanor violations will give the driver a criminal record for 7-10 years, which will show up on most background searches.
The penalties for violating VC 23103 (a-b) includes 2 points on the DMV record for 10 years, possible jail sentence of 5 days to 3 months, and fines between $300 to $1,000.
Reckless Driving offenses can double, even triple, a driver’s insurance rates for many years.
If charged with VC 23103 (a) (b), it is highly recommended to hire an experienced attorney to help with this. An experienced attorney will often get a far better outcome for a driver than that person could obtain on their own.
This is why you never want to accept the charges, plead guilty, and pay the fines for reckless driving violations.