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Reckless Driving in South Carolina

Reckless Driving in South Carolina

Although many traffic offenses in South Carolina are punishable by a fine and points on your driver’s license, there are some that carry criminal penalties, such as jail time. One of those offenses is reckless driving. 

According to state law, reckless driving means operating a vehicle with a willful and wanton disregard for other people’s safety and property. “Willful” is defined as having intent, while “wanton” means understanding the consequences of the conduct but disregarding it entirely. 

The following are common examples of reckless driving: 

  • Driving at least 25 miles per hour of the posted speed limit 

  • Tailgating 

  • Weaving in-and-out of traffic erratically or without signaling 

  • Racing with another vehicle 

  • Ignoring stop signs and signals, such as running a red light 

  • Road rage 

  • Failing to yield the right-of-way 

  • Fleeing from law enforcement officials 

Reckless driving in South Carolina is a misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 30 days, a fine of up to $200, and six demerit points on your record. A subsequent offense within five years carries a period of driver’s license for up to 90 days, in addition to the penalties for a first offense. Three convictions in a three-year span will lead to being labeled a habitual offender and license revocation, in addition to the penalties for a first offense. 

You should not take a reckless driving charge lightly due to the serious penalties you could potentially serve. If you are facing such traffic charges, look no further than the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC to protect your rights and freedom. Since 2004, we have provided our clients with compassionate and personalized legal representation and understand what it takes to get the best possible outcome in court. 

Contact us today at (803) 359-3301 for a free initial consultation. Do not hesitate to let us fight for you immediately! 


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