Fairfax Reckless Driving Attorney
Reckless Driving Laws in Virginia
If you were charged with reckless driving in Virginia, it is best to discuss the situation with an experienced attorney as early in the process as possible. Our Fairfax lawyer at The Law Office of Ann Thayer, PLLC provides superior legal representation to every individual facing criminal accusations and takes extra steps to ensure each receives a personalized experience.
Give us a call today at (703) 940-0001 for a free consultation. We also serve clients in Arlington, Prince William, Loudoun, and Alexandria.
What is Reckless Driving?
The majority of reckless driving offenses are based on the speed that you were traveling. This means you can be charged with reckless driving, even if there was nothing wrong with the way you operated your vehicle, other than you were going too fast. You may be charged with reckless driving if you were going 20 miles per hour above the posted speed limit or faster than 80 miles per hour.
Reckless driving charges may arise from situations other than speeding. A police officer can write a ticket for this offense if they believe you were operating your motor vehicle in a way that endangered life or property. This means that you could be charged even if you were traveling at the posted speed limit.
What are the Penalties for Reckless Driving?
If you are convicted of reckless driving, you could be facing penalties that include:
- up to 1 year in jail,
- a fine of up to $2,500,
- a 6-month driver’s license suspension,
- and 6 DMV points.
In addition, your insurance rates will likely increase. If driving is a requirement of your employment, you could lose your job.
How to Get a Reckless Driving Charge Reduced or Dismissed
Our Fairfax reckless driving attorney takes the time to get to know the facts of every case. When possible, we look for opportunities to have the charges reduced or dismissed. This can happen if the individual has a good driving record, was speeding for a legitimate emergency, the speedometer wasn’t reading correctly, or the radar used by police was not properly calibrated.
Defense Strategies for Reckless Driving in VA
When building your defense, we will consider all possible strategies, the circumstances of your arrest, and actions taken by police that may have violated your rights. Our reckless driving lawyer will explain your available options and work with you to determine an effective strategy for your defense. In addition to retaining aggressive legal representation, there are things you can do to help your defense.
Prior to going to court, you can help your case by:
- Obtaining a copy of your driving record
- Enrolling in a driver education class
- Performing community service
- Getting your speedometer calibrated
Our Fairfax reckless driving attorney is available after hours and on weekends and offers flexible in-office or telephone consultation scheduling to meet each individual’s unique needs. We believe in providing open and honest communication, which means, when you hire us, you will receive regular updates about the status of your case.