Sometimes a speeding ticket is not just a speeding ticket. In Virginia, reckless driving by speed is a criminal offense. Reckless driving by speed is defined as driving more than 20 mph over the posted speed limit or driving faster than 80 mph, and it is actually a crime with the possibility of jail time.
Amazingly, reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor, just like DUI or assault. A conviction will stay on your permanent criminal record forever, with no chance of expungement, or removal.
Pleading guilty to reckless driving by speed (as opposed to general reckless driving) can result in up to a year in jail, $2,500 in fines and a six-month loss of your driver’s license. Conviction will always result in six points off a Virginia license. As if that wasn’t enough, a reckless driving conviction can also affect your security clearance or otherwise impact your career, cause immigration problems, greatly increase your auto insurance premiums and have other undesirable ramifications.
Talk to an Attorney With Extensive Traffic Court Experience
If you have been charged with reckless driving in Virginia, talk to an attorney with extensive experience in successfully protecting drivers from this extreme law. At Nichols & Green PLLC, we devote much of our practice to protecting the rights, records and licenses of drivers, including many out-of-state drivers who are ticketed in northern Virginia. Each year our firm successfully defends hundreds of reckless driving cases, often without our clients having to appear in court.
A Wealth of Experience With Reckless Driving Charges
Attorney Garrett D. Green has more than 23 years of experience defending drivers in northern Virginia and maintaining excellent relationships with judges, prosecutors and police officers in multiple jurisdictions. Attorney Luke J. Nichols has written several books on Virginia traffic law, including “The Virginia Reckless Driving Handbook” (2010 edition and 2011 edition). Mr. Nichols is also one of the few attorneys in Virginia who have been trained according to NHTSA standards in the use of police lidar (laser), radar, pacing and VASACAR systems, in addition to being a major contributor to several online reckless driving legal resources.
Northern Virginia Reckless by Speed Attorney
Virginia strictly enforces reckless driving laws, and we aggressively defend drivers. Each year Nichols & Green PLLC defends hundreds of drivers accused of reckless driving by speed. If you want to know why so many drivers in Virginia chose us to defend them, contact Nichols & Green PLLC today and see what we can do for you.
Contact Us to Talk to a Reckless Driving by Speed Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one is in need of reckless driving defense, contact us for a free consultation with a Virginia reckless driving by speed attorney. We can answer all your questions, clearly explain what we can do for you and help you understand your rights and options over the phone or in person.