What are the Consequences of Reckless Driving in Texas?

Texas takes reckless driving very seriously, which is why if you have been charged, you will need an experienced Texas criminal defense attorney on your side. Contact our firm today to discuss your case. We are dedicated to fighting for you and your future.

What is reckless driving in Texas?

Unlike most common traffic violations, reckless driving can end up on your criminal record in the state of Texas. Reckless driving is defined as the operation of a vehicle with “willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” It is important to note that reckless driving can be considered a felony if it involves added conduct, such as racing, or if someone is injured or passes away. Contact our firm today to discuss your case’s specifics.

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

There are various penalties to reckless driving, however, for a first offense, you will likely face:

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

It is important to note that if you have a repeated reckless driving offense, your consequences will be harsher and will likely result in a license suspension.

What constitutes reckless driving?

In Texas, you will likely be charged with reckless driving if you have driven with conscious or deliberate disregard for the safety of others. You may receive a ticket for this offense for the following:

  • Driving significantly over the posted speed limit;
  • Driving too fast for road conditions;
  • Weaving in and out of traffic;
  • Driving intoxicated;
  • Street racing;
  • Evading the police; or
  • Otherwise endangering the life or property of another.

Speeding does not always indicate a reckless driving charge. Rather, driving at excessive speeds or driving too fast for road conditions, despite being within the speed limit can land you a reckless driving charge.

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

Do not hesitate to reach out to our firm today to discuss your options with our skilled legal team.


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.