A Reckless Driving Charge In Virginia Can Ruin A Vacation

April 22nd, 2022 by admin Leave a reply »

Spring is in the air. As the school year winds to a close, many families are planning their summer vacations. Virginia is a popular destination spot for travelers. Civil War battlefields, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Yorktown….and state troopers with flashing blue lights. Nothing can ruin a sunny day trip on the highways of Virginia faster than being cited for a reckless driving ticket and a mandatory return trip for traffic court.

Reckless driving in Virginia is one of the few traffic violations that has been elevated to a misdemeanor criminal offense. It is the same classification as a driving under the influence (DUI), hit and run, assault and petit larceny. In Virginia, a reckless driving conviction, like all Class 1 misdemeanors, may result in a fine up to $2500 and jail for up to 12 months, as well as suspension of your driver’s license for up to 6 months (even out-of-state licenses). In addition, Virginia requires you to come to court to answer the charge. You may not prepay the ticket. As you might image, enlisting the help of a Virginia reckless driving lawyer would be a wise choice.

The traffic code in Virginia defines no less than 14 specific acts that may be charged as reckless driving. The most common act is speeding; others include, racing, failure to signal, passing a stopped school bus, riding two abreast in a single lane (motorcycles), failing to stop before entering a highway from a side street, and passing on a hill crest.

Speeding twenty miles over the speed limit is charged as reckless driving. Also, regardless of the posted speed limit, traveling over 80 mph is reckless driving, even if the posted speed limit is 70 or 75 mph. Depending on why you are stopped, and your dealings with the officer, he has the authority to immediately take you into custody and to impound your vehicle. Generally, these drastic measures are only exercised if you are travelling in excess of 100 mph, you cause an accident, or you are attempting to escape.

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