Virginia Reckless Driving & Traffic Defense Attorney
Facing the charges and consequences of reckless driving in Virginia is scary unless you know someone with experience defending reckless driving cases. Blacksburg Reckless driving lawyer, Jonathan Fisher has defended more reckless driving cases in Virginia than any other reckless driving lawyer. We know how difficult it is for people facing reckless driving charges. But, don’t think that you must plead guilty or trust your fate to a public defender. When you contact our reckless driving defense team, we spring into action. We will fight for you like you are a close friend or family member. You can trust Jonathan and his team to produce the best possible result for you. Stop worrying and let us get started today. When you call us, you have an experienced reckless driving lawyer as a friend on your side.
About Reckless Driving Charges
Police officers have a lot of discretion when it comes to Virginia reckless driving charges. What they view as reckless driving may not be serious enough to justify the charge in the court’s eyes. Out of state drivers are often caught in speed traps, unaware that in Virginia, excessive speed can be deemed reckless driving. Frequently, drivers are cited for reckless driving while passing another car. Not because they were passing in an unsafe manner or in a no passing zone but for exceeding the maximum speed limit. People visiting from other states, who are unaware of the reckless driving law in Virginia, find it hard to understand how they could be facing such a serious charge.
What is Reckless Driving in Virginia
Generally, in Virginia reckless driving is when a person driving a vehicle operates it in a way that may endanger lives or the property of others. Virginia reckless driving includes driving in a manner that endangers the safety or property of others in places like churches, schools, recreational facilities, businesses, government property, driveways, parking lots or streets and highways in Virginia. Reckless driving in Virginia includes operating a vehicle at an unsafe or excessive speed but you may also be charged with reckless driving for:
- Reckless Driving by Speed
- Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle
- Reckless By Unsafe Vehicle
- Failure to signal
- Aggressive driving, such as weaving in and out of traffic
- Passing a vehicle on a curve
- Reckless driving by accident
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Driving with faulty brakes
Because the Virginia reckless driving law is so broad, you need a Virginia reckless driving lawyer with experience to formulate the best reckless driving defense strategy for you. You will not find another reckless driving lawyer in Virginia with more experience than Jonathan Fisher and his team. Give yourself a break and speed to the phone to call reckless driving lawyer, Jonathan Fisher. He’s the friend to trust with your reckless driving charge.
Other Helpful Virginia Reckless Driving Information
- Class One Misdemeanor (same level as a DUI)
- Punishable by up to one year in jail and $2,500 in fines
- Six points on your license and dramatically higher insurance rates
- Potential license suspension of six months
Avoid conviction. Just because you are facing a reckless driving charge doesn’t mean the court has to find you guilty! Our Virginia reckless driving attorneys are well-versed in the law and can help you fight your charges. Even if the court has already found you guilty or you missed a court date, we can still help you resolve the matter with a positive outcome.
Did You Know?
Statistically you are more likely to go to jail for going over 90 mph than you are for drunk driving. A reckless driving conviction will result in you having a criminal record, which is permanent.
This can effect your current job, future employment and security clearance. But, just because you were charged, that doesn’t mean you actually have to be found guilty!
Virginia Reckless Driving Law
§ 46.2-868. Penalty
Every person convicted under the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
- Every person convicted of under the provisions of this article who, when he committed the offense,
- was driving without a valid operator’s license due to a suspension or revocation for a moving violation and,
- as the sole and proximate result of his reckless driving, caused the death of another, is guilty of a Class 6 felony.
§ 46.2-852. General rule
Irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of reckless driving.
§ 46.2-862. Exceeding speed limit
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit.
§ 46.2-853. Driving vehicle which is not under control; faulty brakes
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a vehicle which is not under proper control or which has inadequate or improperly adjusted brakes on any highway in the Commonwealth.
§ 46.2-854. Passing on or at the crest of a grade or on a curve
§ 46.2-855. Driving with driver’s view obstructed or control impaired
§ 46.2-857. Driving two abreast in a single lane
§ 46.2-856. Passing two vehicles abreast
§ 46.2-858. Passing at a railroad grade crossing
§ 46.2-859. Passing a stopped school bus
§ 46.2-860. Failing to give proper signals
§ 46.2-861. Driving too fast for highway and traffic conditions
§ 46.2-863. Failure to yield right-of-way
§ 46.2-864. Reckless driving on parking lots, etc.
§ 46.2-865. Racing
§ 46.2-869. Improper driving; penalty
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this article, upon the trial of any person charged where the degree of culpability is slight, the court in its discretion may find the accused not guilty, but guilty of improper driving. However, an attorney for the Commonwealth may reduce a charge of reckless driving to improper driving at any time prior to the court’s decision and shall notify the court of such change. Improper driving shall be punishable as a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $500.