Penalties for Reckless Driving Racing
Racing under Va. Code 46.2-865 is the most serious form of reckless driving. Unlike other types of reckless driving, racing comes with a minimum of 6 months loss of license and a maximum license suspension of two years. That is four times the license suspension of regular reckless driving.
Cars used for racing under this law can (in some situations) be confiscated by the commonwealth and aiding or abetting in a race is a separate crime under 46.2-866 even if the person does not participate. The maximum fine for reckless driving by racing is $2,500 and there is a maximum penalty of up to 12 months in jail as well.
Proving Reckless Driving by Racing
Racing is different than most forms of reckless driving because it applies to most parking lots as well as roads. Proving reckless driving by racing is hard because the government must prove that the defendant was racing and not just driving crazy next to another reckless driver. If you are charged with reckless driving because of racing contact a reckless driving attorney immediately.
Things to do to Prepare for Your Racing Case
- There is no reason to not get a free consultation with a reckless driving attorney. Call Nichols & Green pllc (703) 383-9222 to schedule a consultation.
- Get a copy of your DMV record. Share your record with your attorney and make sure your DMV record is accurate.
- If you DMV record is less than perfect you may want to take a Virginia DMV driving Improvement course online or in person.
- Write a brief biography about yourself and write down a detailed explanation of the incident that lead to your ticket and make sure to include your conversation with the officer if any. Share these two write ups with your attorney.
- If you are accused of speeding while racing, you may want to get your car’s speedometer calibrated.
If You Are Accused of Racing Call Nichols & Green pllc for a Free Consultation
Mr. Green has been a lawyer in Virginia for over twenty five years. He represents hundreds of drivers each year and he has represented more drivers accused of reckless driving than any other offense.
Mr. Nichols has spent his entire career defending reckless driving cases in Virginia. Mr. Nichols has also written extensively on the driving laws here in Virginia. Mr. Nichols wrote The Virginia Reckless Driving Handbook (3rd Ed) and several other books on Virginia law.
Mr. Green and Mr. Nichols would love to share their experience with you. Call Mr. Nichols and Mr. Green to get a free consultation about your racing case. (703) 383-9222.