James D McMichael Attorney at Law
James D McMichael

If You Are Charged With
Reckless Driving in Virginia

In Virginia, Reckless Driving is a crime, not just a traffic ticket. If you are convicted, you will have a criminal record, which anyone can easily find online.

The penalties for Reckless Driving include large fines and lengthy driving suspensions. In serious cases, for example, driving 100 mph or more, there are often jail sentences.

A conviction for Reckless Driving results in many driver’s license points and may result in greatly increased insurance premiums.

How do You Commit Reckless Driving?

In Virginia, you can commit the crime of Reckless Driving in many different ways, some of which are:

  • Driving 20 miles per hour over the speed limit.
  • Driving more than 85 miles per hour regardless of the speed limit.
  • Failure to maintain control, such as running off the road, or a collision.
  • Driving too fast for conditions, such as bad weather, even below the limit.
  • Reckless Driving “General” which is driving in any way that endangers anyone (including you) even if there is no actual harm.

In many states, these types of driving violations result in an ordinary traffic ticket. In Virginia, they are the crime of Reckless Driving.

A Local Lawyer Who Knows What
to Do About Reckless Driving Charges

I represent clients in the following counties and cities.

  • Rockbridge County - Courthouse in Lexington
  • Botetourt County - Courthouse in Fincastle
  • Alleghany County - Courthouse in Covington
  • Augusta County - Courthouse in Staunton
  • Bath County - Courthouse in Warm Springs
  • Highland County - Courthouse in Monterey
  • Buena Vista City - Courthouse in Buena Vista

Using my experience, I will determine the best strategy for you, by evaluating the facts of your particular case, such as:

  • Your speed.
  • The speed limit.
  • Prior traffic violations, or none.
  • Speeding briefly, such as passing a truck.
  • Driving downhill, briefly increasing speed.
  • Driving for hours, causing inattention, not deliberate speeding.
  • Night driving, speed less obvious.
  • No other vehicles, no flow of traffic to follow.
  • Young driver, less experienced.
  • Speedometer accuracy (speedometer calibration).
  • Rental car, not familiar.
  • Responsible person: job, family, community, education, military service.