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Reckless Operation

Reckless Operation (Operation in Willful or Wanton Disregard of the Safety of Persons or Property)

Per Ohio Revised Code 4511.20: No person shall operate a vehicle in willful or wanton disregard of the safety of persons or property.

Attorney Christopher Fogt has succeeded in reducing countless OVI charges to Reckless Operation. Unlike OVI and Physical Control, Reckless Operation does not have an alcohol component. Some employers and/or clients prefer not to have the potential stigma of an alcohol related traffic offense on their record. Compared to OVI, Reckless Operation involves less severe penalties. Reckless Operation adds four points to your driver's license compared to OVI that adds 6 points. OVI has a mandatory fine compared to Reckless Operation that does not. Finally, and most importantly, OVI is an enhanceable offense and Reckless Operation is not.

An enhanceable offense means that each subsequent offense has harsher penalties. For example, a first-offense low-test OVI has a mandatory 3 days in jail or a driving intervention program. A second-offense low-test OVI has a mandatory 10 days in jail or 5 days in jail with 18 days of electronic home detention. 

Fogt Law Can Help You

Attorney Fogt is certified in the NHTSA manual just like the police and has 104 hours of Continuing Legal Education classes on OVI alone.

Attorney Fogt practices in Federal Court and all over the State of Ohio including, but not limited to Montgomery County, Greene County, Miami County, Warren County, Hamilton County, Clark County, Franklin County. Attorney Fogt also practices in Kettering, Miamisburg, Dayton, Xenia, Fairborn, Springboro, Clark, and Lebanon Municipal Courts as well as others. 


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