Reckless Driving

Reckless Driving Lawyer in Northern Virginia


Reckless driving is a very serious traffic offense in Virginia. A reckless driver puts both themselves and others in danger, and the court treats reckless driving cases as such.

If you’re charged with reckless driving, it’s important that you understand the charge, associated penalties, and your legal rights. If you feel you have wrongly been charged with reckless driving or simply fear the possible consequences, contact J. Madison PLC.

The J. Madison PLC team has years of experience with Reckless Driving cases. J. Madison PLC can explain your charge and help you defend against it.

What is Reckless Driving?

Reckless driving is actually a broad category of charges with different “species.” According to Virginia Code 46.2-852, a person is guilty of reckless driving if they drive on any highway “recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger life, limb, or property.” But the most common form of reckless driving is reckless driving by speed. Under code 46.2-862, people who drive at least 20 mph over the posted speed limit on a street or highway are guilty of reckless driving. A person also commits reckless driving if they drive over 80 mph, no matter the posted speed limit.

Other circumstances can also constitute a reckless driving charge. The other types of reckless driving charges include actions such as driving a vehicle which is not under control (46.2-853), passing a stopped school bus (46.2-859), failure to yield right-of-way (46.2-863), racing (46.2-865), and more.

Reckless Driving Penalties

The penalties for a reckless driving charge in Virginia vary depending on the circumstances of the incident, but a reckless driving charge is considered a class 1 misdemeanor and could result in a maximum jail sentence of 12 months, a maximum fine of $2,500 and up to a 6-month license suspension.

Even if you don’t serve any jail time for your reckless driving charge, the charge still has very serious consequences. A reckless driving charge affects your driving record. In Virginia, most reckless driving offenses will count for six demerit points on your license, and remain on your record for up to 11 years.

A reckless driving conviction may affect your ability to find employment, be accepted into college, or obtain or maintain a security clearance. This raises the stakes for many Northern Virginia residents, since the area offers many government jobs that require some sort of security clearance.

Defending Against a Reckless Driving Charge

If you received a reckless driving charge, you may be tempted to simply accept a fine and move on with your life. However, if you do that, you are pleading guilty to a criminal offense. Before paying a fine, you should contact an experienced attorney to discuss your rights.

A reckless driving charge doesn’t have to ruin your driving record, compromise your security clearance, or give you a hefty fine. With J. Madison, you will have a legal team that will work tirelessly by your side to try and bring you the best outcome possible for your case.

J. Madison PLC: Fighting for You

J. Madison PLC is a law firm in Northern Virginia that provides both employment and criminal legal defense services. Our attorneys are experienced, compassionate, and will make you their number one priority at every step of the way.

If you have a reckless driving charge, arm yourself with the best legal defense possible. Contact J. Madison PLC today at (703) 910-5062.

Former Arlington County prosecutor Benjamin R. Inman leads J. Madison PLC's criminal defense practice.

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