This week, my office has been inundated with phone calls for reckless operation of a watercraft in Lake Havasu. Reckless operation of a watercraft, otherwise known as reckless operation of a boat, is very similar to the charge of reckless driving. So what is reckless? Reckless is a very subjective term. Arizona law does not provide elements as to what justifies a reckless operation of watercraft charge. That said, it is entirely up to what the police officer believes to be reckless. In other words, if officer Jones believes that the way you were driving your boat or your JetSki is reckless then Officer Jones can cite you for reckless operation of a watercraft. On the other hand, if officer Martinez does not find that the way you are operating your boat was reckless, then officer Martinez simply does not have to cite you with a reckless operation watercraft charge.
It’s no secret that Arizona is one of the toughest states on DUI’s. People know the risks of getting caught drinking and driving and many choose not to do so in fear of the thousands in fines, jail time, alcohol education classes, and court appearances. What many people forget, however, is that you can get
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