Willful and wanton conduct is behavior that shows a deliberate or utter disregard for harm. That is when a course of action is likely to cause harm, and the person ignores that harm, they’ve acted recklessly. Reckless behavior is different than intentional behavior. To act intentionally, you have to purposefully want the harm that results. To act recklessly, you don’t necessarily have to intend the harm. Instead, you just have to intend to undertake the behavior despite the behavior being obviously dangerous.
Criminal PenaltiesThe criminal penalties for reckless driving depend on the specific circumstances of the case. If no one gets hurt and property isn’t damaged, a first reckless driving offense is punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The offender may also have to pay a fine that ranges between $25 and $500.
If the offender has a prior conviction for reckless driving, the offense is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of $50 to $1,000. If the offense causes property damage or an injury, it’s a first-degree misdemeanor. If the injury is serious, it’s a third-degree felony offense. If the court concludes that alcohol may have been involved, they can order the person to get alcohol treatment as part of their sentence. A conviction also carries points on the offender’s driving license.