Reckless Operation Offenses


Reckless Operation is self-explanatory: it is illegal to operate a vehicle in willful and wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property. Willful and wanton disregard has been interpreted to mean acting recklessly. Under Ohio law, a person is reckless when, with heedless indifference to the consequences, the person disregards a substantial and unjustifiable risk that the person's conduct is likely to cause a certain result or is likely to be of a certain nature. Courts treat Reckless Operation seriously, and for good reason: driving a car in a reckless manner can result in serious bodily injury or death.

In addition to fines and possible jail time, a judge has the discretion to suspend an offender's license for Reckless Operation. Additionally, the BMV assesses 2 to 4 points for Reckless Operation offenses.

Reckless possible penalties:

  • M3 (misdemeanor of the third degree)

  • M4 (misdemeanor of the fourth degree)

  • MM (minor misdemeanor)


Have you been charged with a reckless operation offense? Contact The Stavroff Law Firm today to learn about your rights and begin building your defense.