Reckless Operation under the Ohio and Columbus City Codes
Operation in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is more commonly referred to as reckless operation. In Ohio, you can be charged with reckless operation whether you are on a public street or on private property.
Reckless operation can refer to a wide variety of driving. The central concern of the statute is safe driving. In my practice, I have had clients charged with this for weaving in and out of traffic, speeding over 25 mph over the speed limit, and when an officer suspects an OVI but does not have quite enough evidence to arrest for it.
Reckless operation is generally a minor misdemeanor under the State Code. However, it can be enhanced to a third or fourth degree misdemeanor depending on the number of predicate offenses within the prior 12 months. In addition to fines and potential jail, a reckless operation conviction also permits the court to impose a class 5 drivers license suspension of 6 months to 3 years. An Ohio reckless operation conviction generally puts 4 points on your license.
The Columbus City Code also has prohibitions against reckless operation. Most notable about the city code is that a first reckless operation is a fourth degree misdemeanor, and can be a second or third degree misdemeanor depending on predicates. Also, under the city code there are certain convictions which only carry 2 points.
If you are faced with a reckless operation ticket in Columbus, Ohio contact my office for a consultation.