Reckless Driving

When you hear the phrase reckless driving, you might picture someone tearing through city streets, swerving wildly and narrowly missing pedestrians. Such behavior would certainly be reckless. But under Virginia law, someone can be charged with reckless driving for actions that are much less dangerous than the scenario described above.

In fact, speeding can be charged as reckless driving if the driver was traveling at least 20 mph faster than the posted speed limit or was driving faster than 80 mph. Some interstates have a posted speed limit of 70 mph, which means that you could be charged with reckless driving for traveling just 11 mph over the speed limit.

Even when speeding is not a factor, you can be charged with reckless driving if you are involved in an accident with another vehicle (regardless of how small) or if you are involved in a single-car crash. This is known as Reckless Driving by Failure to Maintain Control.

Why You Need A Lawyer: Reckless Driving Is A Crime

As we noted on our traffic offenses page, speeding is usually considered a traffic infraction but can nonetheless come with serious fines and other penalties. Reckless driving, on the other hand, is considered a crime. As such, its potential consequences are even more serious. A reckless driving conviction can result in:

  • Fines of up to $2,500
  • Jail time of up to a year
  • A driver's license suspension lasting up to six months
  • A misdemeanor conviction on your criminal record
  • Higher auto insurance premiums
  • Points on your driving record

At The Law Office of James Steele PLLC, we know what's at stake when clients come to us with a reckless driving charge. But we also know that, with the help of an experienced attorney, reckless driving charges can potentially be dismissed entirely or reduced to a traffic infraction.

The specific course of action we take will depend on the details of your case and on your desired outcome. But suffice it to say, charges of reckless driving almost certainly call for the help of an attorney.

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