Speeding or reckless driving in Virginia can result in significant fines and other serious consequences. But you don’t have to face the situation alone. A Virginia reckless driving lawyer can guide you through the legal process and help you move on with your life as quickly as possible.
You May Be Facing a Criminal Offense
A speeding ticket may not seem intimidating, but if you’re caught going over 80 mph or more than 20 mph over the speed limit, you may face a class 1 misdemeanor charge for reckless driving in Virginia. This is the same level of offense as a DUI, and it can impact your life in a similar way. If you’re convicted of reckless driving in Virginia, you may face the following:
- Up to six months in jail
- A fine of up to $1,000
- Four or six points on your driving record
- Loss of your license
- Increased car insurance premiums
Additional situations may increase your penalties. If your offense involved street racing, your license will be suspended for between six months and two years, and you may forfeit your vehicle. If you were using a cell phone while driving, your fine will increase by $250. It’s best to contact a speeding or reckless driving lawyer to avoid a criminal charge altogether.
The Police Officer May Not Tell You the Ticket Is for Reckless Driving
You may get a speeding ticket and think you can pay your way out of it. However, the officer that writes your ticket may not specify that it’s for reckless driving in Virginia. Instead, they may simply write “RD” on it. You may not find out until you call to pay the ticket or receive a notice of criminal hearing in the mail.
You Can Protect Yourself From a Reckless Driving Ticket
When driving, you should protect yourself from a ticket for reckless driving in Virginia. Take the following actions to avoid an RD ticket:
- Avoid driving over 80 mph at all times.
- Know the speed limit and do not go more than 19 mph over.
- Maintain control of your vehicle by avoiding unnecessary swerving.
- Do not pass on a curve or at the crest of a hill.
- Stop when approaching a stopped school bus.
- Use your turn signals properly.
- Do not:
- race another vehicle.
- enter a “HOT lane” (high-occupancy toll lane) by crossing barriers and other separators.
- drive with so many people in the front seat that it interferes with your ability to see the road or operate the vehicle.
- pass two vehicles abreast unless there are at least three lanes in each direction.
- pass another vehicle at a railroad crossing.
- Properly stop before entering a highway from a side street.
If you are pulled over, you should calmly answer the police officer’s questions, but avoid saying too much. You are not required to tell the officer how fast you were driving or why you were speeding.
Contact a Lawyer If You Receive a Ticket for Speeding or Reckless Driving in Virginia
If you receive a ticket for speeding or reckless driving in Virginia, you should immediately contact an attorney to help you retain your driver’s license and avoid the harshest of penalties. An attorney may be able to help you plead down a criminal charge or expunge it afterward. You are not expected to know what to do if you receive a ticket. We can help. Call The Fisher Law Firm, P.C. at (540) 381-8750.