Someone Got a Reckless Driving Warrant Against Me, What do I do?
In Virginia, citizens can go to the magistrate and ask for an arrest warrant to be issued against a person who has committed a crime. Typically, citizens ask for warrants only when the police are not willing to get involved or when the citizen and the defendant are in a highly contentious relationship.
Citizen warrants for reckless driving are rare but over the years I have handled a number of these cases. Every one of these cases involved two people who hate each other or have a long contentious history. Several of these cases have involved ex-spouses or soon-to-be ex-spouses using the criminal justice system to spite the other person. Other cases have involved neighborhood feuds. These citizen complaint reckless driving cases are usually ugly and full of ulterior motives.
If a citizen has gone to a magistrate to issue a warrant for reckless driving against you there is a lot that can be done to protect yourself:
- Contact one of our reckless driving attorneys to get a free consultation.
- Write down everything you can remember about the incident including a diagram if helpful.
- Do not communicate with the police or the person who asked for the warrant without talking to your attorney first.
Hiring a reckless driving attorney with a lot of trial experience with citizen complaint cases can really help. These types of cases result in a higher percentage of trials than normal reckless driving cases because the complaining citizen is pushing the prosecutor to go for blood so few good deals are offered. Additionally, these cases are won at a much higher percentage because your attorney is attacking the credibility of a citizen with suspicious motives rather than an officer.
Often citizen warrant reckless driving cases are a “he said –she said” trial where the more believable person is the one that is better at testifying. Having an attorney to attack the other side and to prepare you to testify can make a huge difference in a citizen complaint reckless driving case.
Penalties for a Citizen Complaint Reckless Driving Case:
The potential penalties for a citizen complaint reckless driving case is the same as any other reckless driving case. A reckless driving conviction comes with up to 12 months in jail, 6 month loss of license, $2,500 in fines and 6 points on your license. Reckless driving is a criminal conviction a stays on your permanent criminal record forever.
If you have been charged with a citizen’s complaint reckless driving case, call Nichols & Green pllc (703) 383-9222.