If you have been charged with general reckless driving in Virginia, you have been charged with a crime, not just a simple traffic ticket.
A reckless driving conviction will stay on your permanent criminal record forever. Like reckless driving by speed, general reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor, just like DUI or assault. Maximum penalties include a year in jail, a $2,500 fine and a six-month loss of your driving privileges. A reckless driving conviction is always a six-point offense in Virginia.
As if that wasn’t enough, a reckless driving conviction can also affect your security clearance or otherwise affect employment, dramatically increase your auto insurance premiums, affect your CDL (commercial driver’s license), result in deportation and have other undesirable consequences.
A Wealth of Experience With Reckless Driving Charges
If you are facing reckless driving charges, you want a lawyer who focuses on Virginia traffic law. At Nichols & Green, our lawyers handle literally hundreds of reckless driving cases in northern Virginia each year. We have a long history of successfully helping our clients avoid criminal convictions and minimize problems associated with traffic offenses.
Attorney Garrett D. Green has well over 20 years of experience defending drivers in the area 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” (3rd 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, he is a major contributor to several online legal resources about reckless driving.
Accidents and Unsafe Driving
If you were involved in an accident, you may have been charged with reckless driving. In addition to being convicted of a criminal offense, you may also be sued for damages in civil court. If you plead guilty to reckless driving, or even a lesser traffic offense, you may be making it much easier for the other party to sue you. If you were ticketed as part of an auto accident, contact Nichols & Green today to learn about what we have done for hundreds of drivers in similar situations.
Many different types of circumstances can lead to a reckless driving charge, some of which relate to unsafe driving that did not cause an accident. You may have been ticketed if you allegedly:
- Turned the wrong way on a one-way road
- Passed a stopped school bus
- Had squealing tires, peeled out or skidded
- Drove through a closed road or closed construction zone
- Fell asleep at the wheel
- Drove with too many passengers in your front seat
- Drove with faulty brakes or steering
- Drove recklessly through a construction zone
- Illegally passed a vehicle on a hill or a curve
- Were street racing, which comes with a six-month to two-year license suspension
- Drove too fast for the weather conditions
- Were suspected of DUI but were charged with reckless driving or “wet reckless”
- Were driving “buzzed” (as opposed to drunk)
Contact the Fairfax reckless driving defense attorneys of Nichols & Green. Our seasoned traffic and criminal defense lawyers can answer all of your questions and help you understand your legal rights and options.
Contact a Prince William County Reckless Driving Defense Attorney
Our attorneys know Prince William County and its courts. We have represented hundreds of drivers accused of reckless driving, and we are happy to answer any of your questions in person or by phone. Contact the Prince William County reckless driving defense attorneys of Nichols & Green PLLC today.