Operating Recklessly

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24 (2)(a) makes it a crime to operate a motor vehicle recklessly. To convict someone of operating recklessly, the government will have to prove that the defendant:

  1. Operated a motor vehicle

  2. On a way, in a place where the public has a right of access, or in a place where members of the public have access as licensees or invitees

  3. In a reckless manner.

Driving "recklessly" involves driving in a manner which the person knew or should have known was very likely to result in a serious injury or death to another person but does so anyways. This requires more than a showing of negligence. One can be guilty of operating recklessly even if there wasn't an accident or if there was no other person on the road. If, on the other hand, there was an accident, that alone can't prove that a defendant was reckless, and all of the facts and circumstances have to be considered.

Motor Vehicle Crimes in Massachusetts

Apart from operating recklessly, there are many other Massachusetts motor vehicle crimes, including:

  • Motor vehicle homicide
  • Operating without a license
  • Operating negligently so as to endanger
  • Operating an uninsured motor vehicle
  • Road racing
  • Joy riding
  • Use of a vehicle without authority
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Operating after suspension or revocation of a license
Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer (617) 973 5858

If you have been accused of operating recklessly or if you would like to speak with a defense attorney about any Massachusetts criminal matter, contact Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. A top notch lawyer with more than three decades of experience, Attorney Wheeler has the knowhow to get great results in your case. The Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr., his office located in downtown Boston on Congress Street, serves clients from every city and town in the state of Massachusetts. You can reach Attorney Wheeler's office by calling (617) 973 5858 or you can send an e-mail through this website.

In addition to operating recklessly and other motor vehicle crimes, Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. successfully defends those accused of:

  • Sex crimes
  • Theft crimes
  • Drug crimes
  • Violent crimes
  • Domestic violence and abuse-related crimes
  • Federal crimes
  • Public order crimes
  • White collar crimes
  • Computer and internet crimes
  • OUI/DUI/drunk driving