Hopewell, Virginia Reckless Driving by Speed and Speeding

What is the Difference Between Reckless Driving by Speed and Speeding?

Virginia law classifies reckless driving by speed as a criminal misdemeanor. It in theory carries up to one year in jail, a license suspension up to six months, and a fine up to $2500. Virginia law classifies Speeding as a traffic infraction that is not a misdemeanor. There is no license suspension the court can impose directly (DMV can always suspend based on an accumulation of points, etc) and there is no jail time for simple Speeding.

The way to determine if you have been charged with Reckless Driving by Speed is to look at the “Law Section” on your summons/ticket. The Law Section for Reckless Driving by Speed is 46.2-862. If you see that, then you are charged with a criminal offense and not a traffic infraction

10 Hopewell Virginia Reckless Driving by Speed and Speeding Charges Reduced

Disclaimer: Every case is unique and results are based on factors unique to each case. Past results do not guarantee or predict future results.

Just Because You are Charged with Hopewell Va Reckless Driving by Speed Does Not Mean You Will Be Convicted of That Offense

We have over 17 years of combined legal experience. I opened my first law office in the City of Hopewell and I served as the President of the Hopewell Bar Association for over two years. I also served on the 6th Judicial District Bench-Bar committee. I am very familiar with the judges and the prosecutors in Hopewell General District Court and I know how to evaluate all types of cases in Hopewell.

We recently had ten cases in Hopewell, VA traffic court for Hopewell, Virginia Reckless Driving by Speed and Speeding that we had reduced. The speeds ranged from 81 mph in a 70 all the way to 95 mph. In general, cases get more complicated the faster you are going and Hopewell is no different in that regard. However, we were able to prepare each case in a way that the charge got reduced.


We get this question all the time. If you spend five minutes on the phone with us you should be able to get a picture that we know what we are talking about. We usually know what to expect in each case. If we don’t know, it is because the case is a borderline case. Examples of this might be high speed cases over 100 mph. Or it could mean the driving record is so bad that the outcome of the case might depend on what the client is willing to do before court, and what kind of mood the judge is in.

Every jurisdiction does traffic court different. Sometimes the prosecutors get involved and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes judges use driving school, or calibrations, or are swayed by different facts and sometimes they don’t care about any of that. We have specialized knowledge in each traffic court that we practice in. 

In Hopewell, Virginia the prosecutors do not get involved in general district court traffic matters unless it is a drug case, or a high speed case involving jail time. We know the best path forward on each case and how to position cases favorably before the court to get the best outcome possible. 

We personally handle each case so you are getting a senior partner with specialized knowledge to handle your Hopewell, VA reckless driving or speeding charge.


We will provide an initial consultation for free for anyone looking to retain a Hopewell, Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer or Hopewell Speeding Ticket Lawyer. 804873400

Either Mr. Leavitt or Mr. Martin will speak to you directly about the case and give you a good idea about what to expect.

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