The Dukes of Hazzard often committed Reckless Driving:
The Reckless Driving law can be found at 625 ILCS 5/11-503 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.
An example is: 1. Jumping a car over railroad tracks. The statute puts it this way: “knowingly drives a vehicle and uses an incline in a roadway, such as a railroad crossing, bridge approach, or hill, to cause the vehicle to become airborne,” just like Bo and Duke did.
The statute also uses the language, “drives any vehicle with a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property” which is a catch-all way to include everything else. However, this catch-all might be too general and a judge may find the statute unconstitutional.
What can be done with a Reckless Driving charge:
I will likely be able to either have the charge dismissed or reduced to a simple traffic ticket. The strategy on a Reckless Driving ticket is similar to any other criminal charge. However, I would move the case towards a trial without the necessity of pretrial motions.
Sentence on Reckless Driving:
The charge is a Class A misdemeanor. However, if someone becomes injured, the charge will become either a Class 3 or Class 4 felony, depending on the facts.