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The Shocking Truth About Reckless Driving In Virginia

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Most Virginians just do not know that if you are stopped for driving only 86 mph in a 70 mph zone, you can be charged, not with a traffic violation, but with a misdemeanor—that's right, a CRIME. This can mean a criminal record for driving—and in Virginia, that's for life!

Reckless driving by speed is defined as driving over 20 mph over the posted speed or over 85 mph anywhere in the Commonwealth. And, there are also 13 other ways you can be charged with Reckless Driving in Virginia.

If you are reading this, you undoubtedly need a Reckless Driving Traffic Lawyer who wrote the book on Reckless. You can download our book from this site, take a look, and then let us know your questions. Call 888-RECKLESS or email us at We can help.

Reckless Driving is *NOT* Just a Traffic Ticket!

Many people believe that Reckless Driving is just a traffic ticket. Not so!  People believe that they can represent themselves, like at Traffic Court, pay a fine, and get on with life.  No!  Some also believe they can simply tell their story and the Judge will understand. Not so again! 
Even lawyers who get stopped and charged with Reckless Driving get a traffic lawyer to represent them! They know this is no game.

NOTE: A Reckless Driving charge is time sensitive. There are things we can do to defend you, if we are given enough time to do so.  Also, if you are convicted, in only 10 days, you cannot appeal, and after 21 days, a judge cannot overturn a conviction. The best time to address this charge is IMMEDIATELY, well before your initial court date.

Do You Need A Traffic Defense Attorney?

When you have been charged with Reckless Driving, you absolutely need a traffic defense attorney–there is simply too much at stake. A Reckless Driving Charge in Virginia is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, the worst class of Misdemeanor: maximum penalties are up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.00. You were probably only speeding or involved in a minor accident, right?. I know; it's shocking.

More Than Just Possible Jail Time and Steep Fines

In addition to the possibility of jail time and/or a fine, people convicted of Reckless Driving face other punishments. Following a conviction, insurance premiums are guaranteed to rise and stay higher for several years. This can be a significant expense.

Furthermore, like those who are convicted of driving under the influence, a Reckless Driving conviction can cause a stigma with employers or potential employers--and might cause you to lose your job. It might also make it difficult to find new work.

Lastly the Reckless Driving charge or conviction will remain on your criminal record for life in VA, which is fair game when it comes to employment / military / college background checks. It's true: A reckless driving conviction can destroy your life!

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Wayne E. Holcomb

Wayne Holcomb is a former Navy pilot turned attorney and founder of Holcomb Law. He's a veteran DUI & Crimial Defense lawyer, has Super Lawyer credentials, a Superb AVVO Rating and the Trial Masters Seal of Experience.

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Forms of Reckless Driving in Virginia

  1. Reckless by speed
  2. Racing (cause injury-felony)
  3. Driving out of control/faulty brakes
  4. Passing on a grade or a curve in the road
  5. Driving with the driver’s view obstructed
  6. Passing two vehicles abreast
  7. Driving two abreast in a single lane
  8. Passing at a railroad crossing
  9. Passing a stopped school bus
  10. Failing to give proper signals
  11. Driving too fast (regardless of any posted speed limit)
  12. Failure to yield the right of way
  13. Reckless driving in parking lots and the like
  14. General reckless driving (driving in such a manner as to endanger life, limb, or property)
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