Brunswick County – Background on Reckless Driving Tickets

Virginia has one of the strictest reckless driving laws in the U.S., and in Brunswick County, these laws are routinely and heavily enforced. Interstate 85 and Route 58 run through Brunswick County, making these highways a prime patrol area for county law enforcement, Virginia state police, and sometimes even the Lawrenceville police.

Brunswick County is well-known for speed traps on I-85. In Virginia, drivers can be convicted of reckless driving for (a) going 20 miles per hour or more over the speed limit or (b) going over 80 miles per hour regardless of the speed limit. On I-85 in Brunswick County, the posted speed limit is 70 miles per hour, meaning that you could be charged with reckless driving for going only 11 miles per hour over the speed limit. And out of state drivers frequently have more severe consequences.


Mr. Leavitt and Mr. Martin have handled thousands of cases over the years in Brunswick County for reckless driving by speed, and with the regular judges in Brunswick. At Leavitt & Martin, we know what the regular judges will do at different speeds and we know how to assess each case and how to individually prepare each case so our clients get the best results possible in court.

Recently we represented 8 clients in Brunswick County Virginia traffic court for traffic tickets involving speeding and reckless driving by speed. You can view those result here.

Give us a call to personally discuss your case with Daniel Leavitt or Corey Martin. We strongly believe that the attorneys handling your case should be the ones to discuss your case with you. We promise that if you call you will get a thorough assessment of your case and what to expect if you retain us. Consultations are free, 8048734004.


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Daniel is very knowledgeable and seems very experienced so I attained him as my attorney after having talked to several firms, one of which (at another location) actually recommended him. The reviews don't lie! I got a reckless by speed going 83/70 on I-85. Same as most, I didn't realize how serious it was until I did some research. I called and asked him what he could do and what I should expect as the outcome, etc. He answered all my questions in a timely manner, recommended things to do before court date. I did them all, and here I am writing good things about him because, as of yesterday, he got my case completely dismissed with only a court fee. Hire him! He's good!
Published: 05/05/2018
Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Consequences for Brunswick County Reckless Driving Conviction

Reckless driving in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Penalties are severe and can include the following:

  • Jail time up to one year
  • A fine up to $2,500
  • License suspension
  • Six moving violation points on your Virginia license
  • A criminal conviction on your record for up to 11 years
  • Community service
  • Mandatory driver improvement classes
  • Insurance rate increases
  • Negative employment consequences

There are many types of reckless driving charges in Virginia. You should seek representation if charged with any of the variations below, or if your ticket has “RD” written on it.

  • 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 for conditions
  • Failure to yield
  • Racing; aiders or abettors; seizure of motor vehicle
  • Aggressive driving

Representation of Out-of-State Clients

We often take cases for out-of-state residents charged with reckless driving in Brunswick County. If you’re from North Carolina (or elsewhere) and have been charged with reckless driving in Brunswick County, we may be able to represent you. We understand the severity of the charges and will do everything possible to help you with damage control. We can usually handle the case from start to finish, without the client ever having to appear in court.

High Rates of Success and Client Satisfaction

We have a track record of securing successful results for clients. Recently, we succeeded in having a Brunswick County reckless driving charge reduced to a “defective equipment” non-moving violation. This charge carries no points – a very good outcome for a reckless driving charge.

Experienced Reckless Driving Defense

Do not prepay a reckless driving ticket! You will be pleading guilty to a Class 1 misdemeanor! To avoid serious consequences, you will need local legal help. Leavitt & Martin will help defend your rights and decrease your chances of maximum points, high fines, and overwhelming stress.
When charged with reckless driving, the following three outcomes are possible:


A conviction has several serious consequences and should be avoided at all costs. Convictions occur automatically if a ticket is prepaid. They also usually occur under some of the following circumstances. A good lawyer can help you avoid a conviction.

  • Charged with a high speed
  • Poor driving record
  • Driving dangerously, i.e. swerving, tailgating, etc.


A reduction means that a charge is changed to a lesser charge. If charged with reckless driving, possible reductions include a speeding infraction, improper driving, or a non-moving violation carrying no points such as driving with defective equipment.

Our firm has done thousands of cases of reckless driving by speed and we have over 18 years of combined legal experience. We know what the judge will do at different speeds and we can advise you how to put your case in the best light possible for the court date so that you have the best chance to get the best outcome possible for your case.


Dismissals in Brunswick General Distrare 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 provide high quality representation. Our rates are reasonable, and we offer a free consultation. We are transparent, honest, and skilled defenders. If you have been charged with reckless driving in Brunswick County, we are here to help you find the best possible resolution. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online.


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Clerk: Ms. Susan Evans Martin

Clerks Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Phone: (434) 848-2315 Fax: (434) 848-2550

Address: Albertis S. Harrison Jr. Courthouse 202 North Main Street Lawrenceville, VA 23868-1808

Judges: Hon. Stephen D. Bloom, Chief Judge Hon. C. Ridley Bain, Presiding Judge Hon. Bruce A. Clark Hon. H. Lee Townsend III

Continuance Policy: First continuance granted by Clerk; subsequent continuances granted by Judge.

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