Reckless Driving Consequences in Texas | Your Legal Options

The state of Texas takes reckless driving offenses very seriously. If you were charged, it is in your best interest to reach out to the Gonzalez Law Group to discuss your case and your options. Our skilled Houston criminal defense attorneys are on your side.

How does Texas define reckless driving?

Contrary to many common traffic violations, reckless driving can end up on your criminal record in the state of Texas. Reckless driving is referred to as the operation of a vehicle with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” It is essential to mention that reckless driving can be regarded as a felony if it concerns added conduct, such as racing, or if someone is injured or passes away because of your reckless act. If you were charged with reckless driving, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to discuss the details of your case and your options.

What are the consequences of a reckless driving offense in Texas?

There are several penalties for reckless driving, however, for a first offense, you can expect to face the following:

  • A fine of up to $200;
  • Up to 30 days in county jail; or
  • Both a fine and jail time.

Keep in mind that if you have a repeated reckless driving offense, you can expect to face harsher penalties including a license suspension.

What constitutes reckless driving?

If you have driven with conscious or deliberate disregard for the safety of others, will likely be charged with reckless driving in Texas. You can obtain a ticket for this offense for the following:

  • Driving too fast for road conditions;
  • Driving significantly over the posted speed limit;
  • Weaving in and out of traffic;
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol;
  • Street racing;
  • Avoiding the police; or
  • Otherwise endangering the life or property of another.

Speeding does not always suggest a reckless driving charge. Instead, driving at excessive speeds or driving too fast for road conditions, even if you are doing so within the speed limit, you can still obtain a reckless driving charge.

It is also essential to mention that racing another vehicle on the road can result in numerous charges like a Class A or Class B misdemeanor. Racing can also merit a felony charge, too. The three types of felony charges for racing include a state jail felony, a third-degree felony, and a second-degree felony.

No matter what criminal charge you are facing, our legal team is on your side. Give us a call today to get started.


We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.