Background on Reckless Driving Tickets in Sussex, County

Virginia is well-known for some of the harshest reckless driving laws in the United States, and its law enforcement officers are serious about enforcing them. Virginia state police and county officers work together to patrol Sussex County, enforcing traffic laws both on interstate highways (I-95) and the smaller state and county roads. In Virginia, you can be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor charge of reckless driving if you are traveling either 20 mph or more over the posted speed limit or over 80 mph (regardless of the applicable speed limit). On roads with a 70-mph speed limit, that means that traveling only 11 mph faster than the limit can result in a reckless driving charge! On some of Sussex County’s many rural roads, the speed limits can vary significantly and surprisingly, dropping suddenly to 20 or 25 mph from 40 or 45 mph around small towns. It’s easy for drivers who aren’t intimately familiar with the local roads to inadvertently exceed the speed limit by 20 mph and be ticketed for reckless driving.

Because many parts of the area are very pastoral, there is a lot of animal activity near these rural roads; deer/auto collisions in Virginia are among the worst in the nation. Under certain circumstances, you may be cited for reckless driving for failure to use proper care to avoid such a collision.

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Experienced Reckless Driving Attorneys

Do not simply pay a reckless driving ticket without contesting it! Doing so forfeits your right to challenge it in court and enters a plea of guilty to a Class 1 misdemeanor!

If you want to avoid incurring potentially disastrous long-term consequences, affecting your driver’s license, your wallet, and possibly even your personal and professional reputations, you must seek advice and guidance from an experienced attorney. The traffic attorneys at Leavitt & Martin know the local laws and procedures and the ins-and-outs of the court system. Our lawyers will defend your rights and help reduce the devastating effects a reckless driving ticket can have on your life.

There are three potential outcomes for a Virginia reckless driving charge.
Conviction: A conviction is the worst possible resolution for any case. It can lead to significant, serious consequences, both short- and long-term. If you pay a ticket rather than contesting it, a conviction will be automatically entered against you on the original charges. If you appear in court to challenge your ticket and try to represent yourself without an attorney, it is likely that the court will find you guilty as charged and enter a conviction. For the best chance of having your charges reduced or dismissed, you need an experienced lawyer—especially if you:

  • Have been charged with traveling 30 mph or more over the limit, or with going over 90 mph regardless of the speed limit
  • Have a poor driving record or other traffic convictions before the ticket
  • Are facing charges related to dangerous driving (like swerving, drag racing, tailgating, etc.)

Reduction:

You are permitted to present evidence to the Court to contest your ticket. Sometimes, the court will agree to reduce the original charges from reckless driving to less severe charges that have lighter penalties. Examples of these kinds of lesser charges include lower speeding charges, improper driving violations, or other non-moving violations that don’t carry moving violation license points (for example, driving with defective equipment). An experienced traffic attorney can help you pursue a reduction in your charges where appropriate. This is especially successful in cases where

  • The charges don’t involve high speeds (for example, if you are ticketed for driving 20 mph over a 20-mph speed limit – going only 40 mph total)
  • You have a clean previous driving record
  • You successfully complete a defensive driving course or community service

Quality legal representation by a respected law firm can dramatically improve your chances of getting your charges reduced.

Dismissal:

Although it’s uncommon for the court to dismiss reckless driving charges completely, it does occasionally happen. If there is a mistake on the ticket (like the wrong citation number, time, date, or violation description) or if there is another kind of procedural or technical error (for example, if a testifying officer cannot produce a valid certificate proving compliance with the certification requirement for the radar gun), your case may be dismissed outright. Being represented by a good lawyer significantly increases your chances of getting reckless driving charges dismissed.

Quality Representation

We offer reasonable and transparent rates for legal representation on reckless driving charges and other Virginia traffic violations, starting with a free consultation. Our skilled defense attorneys are friendly, honest, and straightforward. If you have been charged with reckless driving in Sussex County, Virginia, call us. We’ll help you speed past your traffic issues. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online.

Consequences for Sussex County Reckless Driving Conviction

Most Virginia reckless driving citations are class 1 misdemeanor offenses. Although these are comparatively minor charges, a conviction of this sort can stay on your record for up to 11 years. A traffic judge has the discretion under the laws of Virginia to sentence drivers who plead guilty to or are found guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor reckless driving charge to a variety of penalties, including:

  • Fines of up to $2,500
  • Suspension of your Virginia driver’s license
  • Six moving violation points on your driver’s license (which can accumulate and lead to suspension or revocation of your license)
  • Mandatory continuing driver’s improvement classes
  • Mandatory community service hours
  • Jail time of up to a year

A conviction can also result in negative employment or other professional consequences (like loss of licenses or clearances), issues with other kinds of permits or licenses, and increased auto insurance rates or outright inability to obtain vehicle insurance.
 
If someone is injured because of the actions for which you received a reckless driving citation, the potential penalties are even more severe. Virginia has many categories of reckless driving that escalate the charges far above those of a class 1 misdemeanor (with commensurately increasing penalties). Some of these are very serious. You need to retain an attorney immediately if you are issued a traffic ticket with “RD” written on it; even if not otherwise indicated on the ticket, this denotes some category of reckless driving charges. Various specific violations include:

  • Aggressive driving
  • Driving two abreast in a single lane
  • View obstructed or control of vehicle impaired
  • Passing two vehicles abreast
  • Passing a stopped school bus
  • Passing on a grade or on a curve
  • Passing at a railroad grade crossing
  • Passing an emergency vehicle
  • Driving too fast for the conditions (even if not speeding)
  • Failing to properly signal
  • Failure to yield
  • Racing (including aiding and abetting a drag race)

High Rates of Success & Client Satisfaction

The experienced traffic lawyers at Leavitt & Martin have a long and successful track record of obtaining excellent results for our clients. Recently, we successfully lobbied the court to reduce a reckless driving charge to a “defective equipment” charge for a client. The reduction in charges meant that our client was convicted of a non-moving violation, which carries no “points,” rather than the original reckless driving charge. This was an excellent outcome.

Representation of Out-of-State Clients

It can be inconvenient or impossible for out-of-state residents or active duty military personnel to contest a traffic ticket in Virginia courts, but reckless driving charges can put you between a rock and a hard place. Whether you were driving through Sussex County for business or personal reasons when you were ticketed, it may be a significant hardship for you to come back to the area for repeat court appearances. Our attorneys have a great deal of experience representing out-of-state residents facing reckless driving charges in Sussex County. We understand the severity of these charges and the possible consequences, and we will vigorously represent your interests while minimizing the inconvenience to you. Depending on the individual facts and circumstances involved in your case, you may not need to appear in court at all!

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