Frequently Asked Questions About Reckless Driving In Virginia

How serious is Reckless Driving?

In Virginia, Reckless Driving is a crime. It is not just a speeding ticket. Reckless Driving is a misdemeanor, not a felony, but it does produce a lifetime reckless driving & dui & dwi defense record, which can never be removed and which anyone can easily find online.

How fast do you have to be driving to be committing Reckless Driving by Speed?

You can commit Reckless Driving by Speed either of two ways:

  • Driving 20 mph or more over the speed limit, such as driving 55 mph where the speed limit is 35 mph.
  • Driving more than 85 mph, regardless of the speed limit, such as driving 85 mph where the speed limit is 70 mph.

What are the penalties for Reckless Driving?

In Rockbridge County, jail sentences for Reckless Driving are not common. However, a Reckless Driving conviction results in a large fine, and often a driver’s license suspension.

Should I have an attorney to represent me for a Reckless Driving charge?

In Virginia, anyone charged with Reckless Driving should have an attorney. It is best to have an attorney from the county where you are charged, who handles Reckless Driving cases regularly. I represent local and out-of-state drivers in Reckless Driving and other reckless driving & dui & dwi defense cases.

What can be done to avoid being convicted of Reckless Driving?

Depending upon the facts and circumstances, it is often possible to have Reckless Driving criminal charge reduced to an ordinary non-criminal traffic ticket. However, to have the best possible chance of receiving such a reduction, it is necessary to carefully and thoroughly prepare the defense to the Reckless Driving Charge.  

Do I have to appear in court?

If you are represented by an attorney, the law does not require you to appear in court. However, in some cases, you may be able to improve your chances of a good result by accompanying your attorney in court. 

Get A Free Consultation And Case Evaluation

If you have been charged with Reckless Driving and have questions, give attorney James D. McMichael a call at (703) 258-4277 or use the contact form below to get a free consultation and case evaluation.


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