Do not pay a reckless driving ticket without contesting it in court! If you do so, you plead guilty to a Class 1 misdemeanor!
If you want to avoid potentially significant long-term consequences against your license, your wallet, and possibly your professional reputation, you need advice and guidance from an attorney who understands the local laws and procedures. The experienced traffic attorneys at Leavitt & Martin will defend your rights and help reduce the effects of a reckless driving conviction on your life.
When you are ticketed for reckless driving, there are three potential outcomes for your case.
A conviction is the worst possible resolution to your citation. It will result in significant, serious consequences (both immediately and collaterally). If you pay a ticket without contesting it, the court automatically enters a conviction against you. If you appear in court and try to represent yourself, without an attorney, it’s likely the court will find you guilty as charged and enter a conviction. To reduce your chances of a conviction on the original charges, it’s essential to retain 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 overall
- A pre-existing poor driving record
- Been charged with driving dangerously (like swerving, tailgating, etc.)
Contesting your ticket allows you to present evidence that may persuade the Court to reduce your reckless driving charges to charges with less severe penalties. Lesser charges may include speeding, improper driving, or other non-moving violations that don’t apply points (like driving with defective equipment). An understanding, experienced attorney can help reduce your charges, especially if:
- Your charges don’t involve high speeds (for instance, 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
Although it’s uncommon for a court to dismiss charges outright, it does occasionally happen. A dismissal can be appropriate if the officer who issued the ticket made a mistake (like entering the wrong citation number, date, or violation description on the ticket) or there is a technical error (for example, a malfunctioning radar gun). Retaining a good lawyer can significantly increase your chances of getting your charges dismissed.
We offer transparent, reasonable rates for representation and a free consultation. Our skilled defense attorneys are honest, understanding, and experienced. If you have been charged with reckless driving in Hanover County, Virginia, we will represent your interests and help you get back on the road to success. Call us directly at 804-873-4004 or contact us online.