Excerpt from Attorney Ralph Behr’s Book. Street Smarts- Criminal Law 1.01 – What is Reckless Driving?


50 ‘most charged’ crimes defined


To prove reckless driving the state must prove two elements:

  1. Defendant operated a vehicle.
  2. Defendant did so with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.

Willful means intentionally, knowingly and purposely.

Wanton means with a conscious and intentional indifference to consequences and with knowledge that damage or injury is likely to result from the driver’s actions.

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