A Skilled and Experienced General Reckless Driving Attorney in Spotsylvania and Arlington, Virginia
What is General Reckless Driving?
As one of the ten most common forms of reckless driving, a general reckless driving offense involves a person who drives a vehicle that could endanger the life, limb or property of any person, regardless of the posted speed limit pursuant to § 46.2-852.
In Virginia, a reckless driving is a major moving traffic violation, which is generally a more serious offense than careless driving, improper driving, or driving without due care and attention and a conviction will have a negative impact on your driving record for 11 years.
What are the Penalties if Convicted of General Reckless Driving in Virginia?
If found guilty of general reckless driving, penalties can include:
- A minimum of ten (10) days to a maximum of six (6) months license suspension (a restricted license can be issued by the court during the suspension period but does not apply to a commercial license)
- Fines and court costs
- Six (6) demerit points assessed by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles against your driving record
- Dramatic insurance rate increases
- A criminal record for a class I misdemeanor, which can negatively impact employment opportunities and travel outside of the United States
If alcohol or drug use may have contributed to the general reckless driving charge, the court can impose additional penalties with significant costs, including the requirement to complete the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program, plus the cost to attend the Program.
Why Hire an Experienced Traffic Attorney if Charged with General Reckless Driving in Virginia?
Hiring an experienced traffic attorney will give you access to a wealth of legal knowledge that can be useful in beating your charges. For example, did you know that:
- the Commonwealth must prove that you drove in a reckless manner and the fact that an accident occurred is not evidence that the operation was reckless?
- if the court is convinced that you had only a slight degree of culpability, the reckless driving charge may be reduced to one of improper driving which is only a three (3) point traffic infraction, instead of a criminal misdemeanor?
- simply pleading guilty to quickly resolve your case removes your eligibility for a criminal record expungement of the charge as you must be found not guilty or have the charges withdrawn by Commonwealth (nolle prosequi) to be able to submit a petition for an expungement?
Consequences of a conviction for a traffic violation can be significant. Your insurance coverage, reputation, security clearance, and driving privileges may be negatively affected. You may be facing a few days or more in jail or working on the Sheriff’s Work Force picking up trash alongside the road.
When convicted of a traffic violation in Virginia, the court notifies the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (VA DMV), which does the following:
- Posts the conviction to your driving record
- Assigns demerit points according to the offense which generally remain on your record for two years from date of committing the offense
- Issues an administrative order of suspension, if applicable (even if the court does not)
- Issues an order requiring the successful completion of a driver improvement clinic, if applicable
- Notifies your insurance company if it has been requested (and you had better believe that most insurance companies have requested such information)
If you have been charged with a serious traffic offense such as general reckless driving, reckless driving passing a stopped school bus, or reckless driving by speed, prompt and knowledgeable advice is critical. In defending such offenses, Ms. Fremit explores the legality of the traffic stop and vigorously cross-examines the arresting officer when a trial is involved.
An aggressive and knowledgeable traffic attorney is your best line of defense. If you have been charged with general reckless driving, check out our blogs on traffic charges, successful track record and then call Susan F. Fremit, P.C. at 540-322-2594, immediately, to set up a free consultation. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.