Consequences for Hopewell Reckless Driving Conviction
Reckless driving citations in Virginia are usually classified as Class 1 misdemeanor offenses. Even for minor offenses, however, the consequences can be significant. A traffic court judge has the discretion under Virginia law to sentence drivers who plead or are found guilty by the court to penalties that may include:
- Fines (up to $2,500) and/or fees
- Mandatory community service hours
- Suspension of your driver’s license
- Six moving violation points on your Virginia driver’s license (which can accumulate and lead to suspension or revocation of your license)
- Mandatory driver improvement classes
- Jail time of up to a year
- A criminal conviction (which may stay on your record for up to 11 years)
- Increased auto insurance rates or ineligibility for vehicle insurance
- Negative employment or professional consequences (including possible licensing issues)
If your alleged reckless driving results in injuries to other people or damage to property, the penalties you will face are even more severe. Virginia’s other categories of reckless driving charges carry penalties far above Class 1 misdemeanor penalties. Some of these are very serious. Consult with an attorney if your traffic ticket has “RD” written on it or if you have been cited for any of these specific reckless driving variations:
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to properly signal
- Failure to yield
- 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
- View obstructed or control of vehicle impaired
- Driving too fast for the conditions (even if you’re not speeding)
- Racing (including aiding and abetting a drag race
High Rates of Success and Client Satisfaction
The traffic attorneys at Leavitt & Martin have many years of experience obtaining successful results for our clients charged with reckless driving in Virginia. Recently, we were able to obtain a reduction of a reckless driving charge to a “defective equipment” charge. This reduction to a non-moving violation significantly reduced the penalties from those of the original reckless driving charge. Since the lesser charge had less significant penalties and carries no moving violation “points,” it was an excellent outcome for our client.
Representation of Out-Of-State Clients
As annoying as it is for Virginia drivers to have to deal with a reckless driving ticket, out-of-state drivers face even greater hurdles. It can be costly and a significant inconvenience for out-of-state residents to contest a Virginia ticket for reckless driving, especially if it requires multiple court appearances. Our experienced attorneys have represented many out-of-state drivers charged with reckless driving in Hopewell, often without needing the drivers to appear personally in court. We understand the severity of the charges and the possible consequences, and we will vigorously represent your interests while minimizing the inconvenience to you.
Experienced Reckless Driving Defense
DON’T just pay a reckless driving ticket! Doing so means you plead guilty to a Class 1 misdemeanor!
If you want to avoid potentially significant long-term consequences to your driving privileges, your finances, and even your livelihood, you need advice and guidance from an experienced attorney who understands local Hopewell laws and court procedures. The lawyers at Leavitt & Martin will defend your rights, using their skill and experience to make every attempt to reduce the effects of a reckless driving conviction on your life.
There are three potential outcomes for any reckless driving case:
If you pay a ticket without contesting it, the court will automatically enter a conviction against you. This is the worst possible resolution of your citation. It will result in significant, serious consequences (both immediately and secondarily). If you appear in court without an attorney and try to represent yourself, it’s likely the court will find you guilty as charged and enter a conviction. To reduce your chances of being convicted and sentenced on the original charges, you must engage a good lawyer—especially if you have:
- A pre-existing poor driving record
- Been charged with driving dangerously (like swerving, tailgating, etc.)
- Been charged with a speed of over 90 mph, or 30 mph or more above the applicable speed limit
You are entitled to contest your ticket. This means that you are permitted to appear in court and present evidence on your behalf. If the Court believes it is appropriate, it may reduce your reckless driving charges to less severe charges. These lower charges may include speeding, improper driving, or other non-moving violations that don’t have license points. For example, presenting evidence that your turn signal was burned out may convince the court to reduce a failure to properly signal charge to driving with defective equipment (a charge with lesser penalties). An understanding, experienced attorney may be able to help reduce your charges, especially if:
- The charges don’t involve high speeds (for example, if your ticket is for driving 20 mph over a 20-mph speed limit)
- You have a clean driving record
- You have successfully completed a driving school course or community service
- You have quality legal representation from a respected firm
A court doesn’t often dismiss charges outright, but this does occasionally happen. A complete dismissal can be appropriate if the officer who issued the ticket made a mistake (like entering the wrong date, time, citation number, or violation description on the ticket) or there is a technical error (for example, a malfunctioning or improperly calibrated radar gun). Retaining a good lawyer can markedly increase your chances of getting your charges dismissed.
We offer transparent, reasonable rates for our legal representation and a free consultation to evaluate the facts of your case. Our defense attorneys are honest, understanding, and experienced. If you have been ticketed for reckless driving in Hopewell, Virginia, talk to us about how we can help you get back on the road to success. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online.