If a police officer issued you a ticket for Reckless Driving in Virginia, and especially in Virginia Beach, you should hire an attorney, because the penalty you could get is much more severe than you might think. In fact, in Virginia, a Reckless Driving charge is a Criminal Class 1 Misdemeanor and in some cases a Class 6 Felony. If you plead guilty or are found guilty, Reckless Driving will cause you to have a permanent Criminal Record and up to 1 year in jail. Some localities, such as Virginia Beach, are more likely to sentence you to jail time on a reckless driving charge than others. If you’re charged in Virginia Beach, you’ll want to have a reckless driving lawyer who knows those courts well.
Virginia has strict laws about speeding that turn some cases of excessive speeding into more severe reckless driving charges. For example, any speeding over 80 mph is considered reckless driving, even if it is only 10 mph over the speed limit. It does not take much for a speed of 81 mph to result in a $2,500 fine and/or up to a year in jail. Anyone who receives a reckless driving charge must almost always appear in court personally. But there are some cases where a lawyer, with the permission of the court, can appear in court on your behalf without you needing to be there. Contact us to see if this may apply to your situation.
If you are convicted of Misdemeanor Reckless Driving, this is what you could be facing:
- Up to one year in jail.
- Up to $2,500.00 in fines.
- Six demerit points added to your Virginia Driver’s License.
- A permanent crime on your criminal record, which potential employers may see if they do a background check on you.
- Drastic increases in your car insurance rates, and in some cases even cancellation of your policy.
Our firm regularly handles Reckless Driving cases throughout Southeastern Virginia including: Virginia Beach, Southampton County, Courtland, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Northampton County, Exmore and throughout Hampton Roads in Virginia. We are familiar with the judges, procedures, and local policies on Reckless Driving in each of these jurisdictions.
Do You Need an Attorney for Your Virginia Reckless Driving Ticket?
Many of my clients come from outside of Virginia. The number one thing I hear is: “But in my state Reckless Driving is a simple speeding ticket. Why is Virginia so hard on Reckless Driving?” The hard truth is that while it may seem unfair that Virginia takes Reckless Driving very seriously, the law is not going to change anytime soon. If you have been charged with Reckless Driving in Virginia, you need to know that it is a serious offense, with serious consequences, and you will need a serious legal defense.
An experienced Virginia Beach Attorney is best equipped to handle the complex nature of your defense. If you choose not to hire an attorney to represent you, you are working at a huge disadvantage because the odds are already stacked against you. The police officer that issued your ticket gives out hundreds each year, and he knows exactly what to say to the judge to get a conviction.
My goal is to give you a fighting chance by providing you with the best legal defense for your ticket that I can.
Virginia Beach Reckless Driving Lawyer
While no attorney can guarantee an exact result on a case, I can promise that I will do my best to provide you with a high-quality legal defense in order to try to get you the best possible result in your case. I will fully investigate your case, interview witnesses and police officers, issue discovery, challenge the officer’s evidence where is it proper to do so, review the Commonwealth’s evidence against you, meet with you in-person, and otherwise prepare for every aspect of your trial to provide you with experienced legal representation for your trial.
To me are more than a file. Your case is unique and deserves a unique defense tailored to your specific needs. My goal is to handle all the little details in order to get you back your peace of mind and on with your life.
The consequences of reckless driving are worse than a typical traffic citation. Penalties on conviction can include jail time, fines, and suspension of your driver’s license. A conviction on your record can cause a significant increase in your auto insurance rates and have a negative impact on future employment.
Reckless driving is charged for driving conduct that allegedly endangered the general public. Accusations can be based on something specific – such as driving more than 20 miles over the speed limit – or on much less concrete reports from police. There are 17 different types of possible reckless driving, and you may have fallen victim to false accusations about what happened.
How to Beat a Reckless Driving Ticket in Hampton Roads
BC Law Attorneys can beat many reckless driving charges, or negotiate down to a simple speeding offense in many cases. This avoids a criminal record, and may limit or avoid an increase in car insurance rates.
One legal challenge experienced defense attorneys use is to contest the calibration of the radar or laser device on which you were clocked. The police must have records of the machines being calibrated within the last six months. Getting the judge to agree to reducing the charges is another option in many cases if the speed you were clocked at is not too high.
There are other defenses, depending on the facts of your specific situation, and BC Law has free telephone consultations for anyone charged with Reckless Driving in Southeast Virginia.
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