Contesting Reckless Driving Tickets in Amelia County

Virginia has one of the harshest reckless driving laws in the United States. In Amelia County, these laws are routinely and strictly enforced. Highway 360 is a prime patrol area for county law enforcement and Virginia state police and is well-known for speed traps. Drivers can be convicted of reckless driving in Virginia if they are going 20 miles per hour or more over the speed limit, or if they are going over 80 mph (regardless of the speed limit). On roads where the posted speed limit is 70 mph, you can be charged with reckless driving for going only 11 mph over the speed limit. Out of state drivers can face increased consequences. Leavitt & Martin specialize in Virginia traffic law.

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Consequences for Amelia County Reckless Driving Conviction

Reckless driving in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Penalties can include the following severe, long-term

  • Jail time of up to one year
  • Fines of up to $2,500
  • Suspension of your driver’s license
  • Six moving violation points on your license
  • A criminal conviction (which can stay on your record for up to 11 years)
  • Mandatory community service hours
  • Mandatory driver improvement classes
  • Increased insurance rates
  • Negative employment consequences

There are many types of reckless driving charges in Virginia, which can be confusing. If you are charged with any of the variations listed below, or if your ticket has “RD” written on it, you should seek legal representation.

  • Passing on a grade or on a curve
  • View obstructed/control impaired
  • Passing two vehicles abreast
  • Driving two abreast in a single lane
  • Passing at a railroad grade crossing
  • Failing to give proper signals
  • Driving too fast conditions
  • Failure to yield
  • Racing; aiders or abettors; seizure of motor vehicle
  • Aggressive driving

High Rates of Success and Client Satisfaction

We have a track record of securing successful results for clients. Recently, we succeeded in having a reckless driving charge reduced to a “defective equipment” non-moving violation. This charge carries no moving violation points, so despite not being a dismissal, it is a very good outcome for a reckless driving charge.

Representation of Out-of-State Clients

We often represent out-of-state residents charged with reckless driving in Amelia County. If you are a non-resident driver charged with reckless driving in Amelia County, we may be able to represent you. We understand the severity of the charges and what’s at stake, and we will do everything possible to help you mitigate the damage.

Experienced Reckless Driving Defense

Do not send in payment for a reckless driving ticket! If you do, you are pleading guilty to a Class 1 misdemeanor!

To avoid suffering the serious, long-term consequences of such a conviction, you will need local legal help. The skilled attorneys at Leavitt & Martin will help defend your rights and decrease your chances of severe consequences.
When you are charged with reckless driving, your case can have one of three outcomes.


You should avoid convictions at all costs because of their potential consequences. If you prepay a ticket, you plead guilty and the court enters a conviction. Courts also usually enter convictions when some of the following circumstances are present. A good lawyer can help you avoid a conviction, even if you have

  • Been charged with a speed over 90 mph, or 30 mph above the speed limit
  • A poor driving record
  • Been charged with driving dangerously, e.g., swerving, tailgating, etc.


A reduction means that the court reduces your charge to a lesser infraction. If you are charged with reckless driving, the court may reduce your charges to simple speeding, improper driving, or a non-moving violation that carries no points (such as driving with defective equipment). Reductions can occur when:

  • There is no high speed involved (driving only 10-15 mph over the limit)
  • The driver has a clean driving record
  • A driver successfully completes a driving school course or community service
  • The driver has legal representation from a quality firm


Dismissals are rare, but they can occur. Typically, a dismissal can happen in the event of a mistake by the officer such as an expired radar calibration or pulling over the wrong car. Having a good lawyer can increase your chances of dismissal.

Quality Representation

We are honest, transparent, and skilled defenders. If you have been charged with reckless driving in Amelia County, we can help you come to the best possible resolution. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online.


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Amelia General District Court Information:

Clerk: Ms. Melissa B. Gil

Clerks Office Hours: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Phone/Fax: Phone: (804) 561-2456 Fax: (804) 561-6956

Address: P.O. Box 24 16441 Court Street Amelia, VA 23002-0024

Judges: Hon. Valentine W. Southall, Jr., Chief Judge Hon. Phillip T. DiStanislao

Continuance Policy: Continuances granted by rule 8:14

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