Consequences for Colonial Heights County Reckless Driving Convictions
Reckless driving in Virginia is usually classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor offense. Although this sounds minor, penalties can be severe. A judge is given the discretion to sentence drivers who plead or are found guilty to various punishments, including:
- Fines of up to $2,500
- Jail time of up to one year
- Mandatory community service hours
- Mandatory driver improvement classes
- Suspension of your Virginia driver’s license
- Six moving violation points on your license
- A criminal conviction, which may stay on your record for up to 11 years
- Increased insurance rates, or complete denial of insurance coverage
- Negative employment or professional consequences
If someone is injured as a result of reckless driving, the penalties to the driver can be even more severe. There are many types of reckless driving charges in Virginia, some of which can be very serious. You should consult with an attorney if your traffic ticket has “RD” written on it, or if you have been issued a citation for or charged with any of these variations.
- Aggressive driving
- Passing two vehicles abreast
- Driving two abreast in a single lane
- Passing on a grade or on a curve
- Passing at a railroad grade crossing
- Failing to signal properly
- View obstructed/control impaired
- Driving too fast for the conditions (even if not speeding)
- Failure to yield
- Racing (including aiding and abetting a drag race)
High Rates of Success and Client Satisfaction
The attorneys at Leavitt & Martin have an established track record of securing successful results for our clients. Recently, we successfully argued on behalf of a client to reduce a reckless driving charge to a “defective equipment” charge—a non-moving violation that has no moving violation points. This reduction in charges was a very good outcome, significantly reducing the penalties for a reckless driving charge.
Representation of Out-of-State Clients
It can be a major inconvenience to contest a ticket for reckless driving if you live outside of Virginia. Our attorneys have experience representing out-of-state residents charged with reckless driving in Colonial Heights County, and we may be able to help you. We understand the severity of the charges and the possible consequences, and we will represent your interests while minimizing the inconvenience to you.
Experienced Reckless Driving Defense Lawyers
Do not mail in or otherwise tender payment for a reckless driving ticket! This is pleading guilty to a Class 1 misdemeanor!
You need advice and guidance from an attorney who knows the local laws and procedures if you want to avoid suffering the potentially serious, long-term consequences of a reckless driving conviction. The experienced attorneys at Leavitt & Martin will defend your rights and help decrease your chances of a reckless driving charge ruining your life.
When you are charged with reckless driving, three potential outcomes are possible:
A conviction results in the most serious potential consequences (both direct and secondary). If you pay a ticket without contesting it, it’s the same as entering a guilty plea; the court will automatically enter a conviction. If you try to represent yourself, it’s also likely the court will find you guilty and enter a conviction. To reduce your chances of a conviction, it’s essential to have a good lawyer—especially if you have:
- Been charged with a speed of 30 mph or more above the applicable speed limit, or over 90 mph
- A poor driving record
- Been charged with driving dangerously (like swerving, tailgating, etc.)
Reduction: If you contest a reckless driving charge, you may be able to persuade the Court to reduce your charges to one with less severe penalties, such as speeding, improper driving, or other non-moving violations that carry no points (such as driving with defective equipment). An effective attorney can help reduce your charges, especially if:
- There is no high speed involved (for instance, if the citation is for driving only 10-15 mph over a low speed limit)
- You have a clean driving record
- You successfully complete a driving school course or community service
- You have legal representation from a quality firm
It’s not common for charges to be dismissed outright, but occasionally it can happen. A dismissal is appropriate if the citing officer makes a mistake (like entering the wrong citation on the ticket) or there is a technical error (for example, the ticketing officer has an expired radar calibration). Having a good lawyer can increase your chances of successfully getting the charges against you dismissed.
We offer reasonable rates and a free consultation. Our skilled defense attorneys are approachable, honest, and experienced. If you have been charged with reckless driving in Colonial Heights County, Virginia, we will represent your interests and help get you back on the road to success. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online.