Reckless Driving

What Is Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving can include a number of different allegations, from excessive speed to racing, from failure to signal properly to improper passing. The Code of Virginia Article 7 outlines numerous categories of reckless driving and improper driving offenses. If you are charged with reckless driving and do not participate in the proceedings in traffic court you will be convicted of the crime. If you are convicted of the crime then you will have a criminal record. You can and should fight most traffic citations.

A reckless driving conviction is a criminal conviction that will go on your permanent record.

Excessive Speeding Can Result In Reckless Driving Charge

It is very common for clients to need an attorney in a reckless driving case because of excessive speeding. It may be that you think you received a standard speeding ticket. However, the law in Virginia is that if you are driving 20 or more miles over the speed limit or faster than 80 miles per hour, you are guilty of reckless driving. So even if the speed limit was 65 and you were cited at 81, you could be charged with reckless driving, which is not a normal traffic ticket, it is a crime just like shoplifting is a crime. When you are charged with a crime, it is always advisable to speak with a lawyer about your options.

The Consequences Of A Reckless Driving Conviction

Most people understand that a traffic violation will likely impact their insurance rates or even their driver's license. But when you are convicted of a crime, the consequences are more serious. If it is a traffic-related crime, you may be dropped by your insurance altogether and most certainly your rates will increase. In some circumstances you may experience a license suspension or loss of security clearance at your job. Drivers with a commercial driver's license(CDL) will likely have serious employment repercussions.

If you've been charged with reckless driving in Virginia, hire a skilled and seasoned attorney to defend your case. Call our Lynchburg office at 434-338-7080 or reach us online to find out more.