Fairfax Reckless Driving Lawyer

The Commonwealth of Virginia doles out harsh penalties for drivers that are deemed to place others at risk of injury. However, with the help of a Fairfax reckless driving lawyer, you may be able to avoid conviction and minimize the penalties that accompany reckless driving charges.

Whereas other states may consider reckless driving as blatantly dangerous or aggressive driving, common careless mistakes are enough to bring about criminal charges in Virginia. For something as simple as speeding or running a red light, an error made by most every driver from time to time, you may receive a great deal more than a costly traffic ticket. According to Virginia Criminal Code Section 46.2-852, if a person’s driving is considered by a law enforcement officer “to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person,” then he or she may face criminal misdemeanor charges that carry hefty fines, jail time, driving restrictions, and a criminal record that can follow you for many years to come.

Why Hire a Lawyer?

The Fairfax reckless driving lawyers at our firm are well-versed in the Fairfax court system and have extensive experience helping clients who have been charged with driving recklessly in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Our attorneys understand how stressful life can be when a seemingly minor charge snowballs into the potential for a criminal record.  That’s why we’re dedicated to providing a comprehensive, client-centered approach to your defense.

When you sign on with a Fairfax reckless driving attorney, he or she will investigate the events and circumstances that have resulted in the charges against you. This careful investigation may uncover facts that can help get your charges reduced or dismissed.  Because many reckless driving cases are built around speed readings and the testimony of the arresting officer, your lawyer may discover reasons to have certain pieces of evidence dismissed.

To learn more about how a Fairfax reckless driving lawyer builds a strong defense plan, contact us today and complete your free initial consultation.

Reckless Driving Violations

The Virginia Criminal Code addresses reckless driving under Section 46.2-852 through Section 46.2-865. Through the general definition of reckless driving, referenced above, there is a great deal of subjectivity in the determination of what is or is not considered reckless driving. If a police officer considers any aspect of your driving to put another and/or his or her property in danger, a minor traffic violation can lead to very serious charges. According to the code, some traffic violations which are considered reckless driving in the state of Virginia are:

  • Driving without proper control or with faulty brakes (Section 46.2-853)
  • Passing on or a curve or at the crest of a hill (Section 46.2-854)
  • Driving with an obstructed view or impaired control (Section 46.2-855)
  • Passing two vehicles abreast (Section 46.2-856)
  • Driving two abreast in a single lane (Section 46.2-857)
  • Passing at a railroad crossing (Section 46.2-858)
  • Passing a stopped school bus (Section 46.2-859)
  • Failure to properly signal (Section 46.2-860)
  • Driving too fast for conditions (Section 46.2-861)
  • Speeding (Section 46.2-862)
  • Failure to yield right of way (Section 46.2-863)
  • Driving recklessly in a parking lot (Section 46.2-864)
  • Drag racing (Section 46.2-865)

Even though any of these violations could be an unintentional act, merely a careless mistake or moment of diverted attention, the penalties can be quite severe. Without the assistance of a skilled reckless driving attorney in Fairfax, you could suffer great consequences and be left with a criminal record that can impact your reputation and opportunities both now and in the future.

Penalties for Reckless Driving

Speeding is the most common traffic violation that can be charged as reckless driving. Under the Virginia Code, reckless driving by speed can be defined a few ways:

  • Driving more than twenty miles per hour over the maximum speed limit
  • Driving faster than eighty miles per hour, regardless of the posted speed
  • Driving faster than a “reasonable speed under the circumstances and traffic conditions at the time,” regardless of the posted speed

If you have been charged with any of the above speeding infractions, you may be charged with reckless driving and face a conviction, carrying a Class 1 misdemeanor charge that will remain on your record for the next eleven years. The penalties for a Class 1 misdemeanor include up to one year in jail and a maximum fine of $2500. A reckless driver will also incur 6 demerit points against his or her driving record and can find his or license suspended for up to six months. These penalties are the same as for other Class 1 misdemeanors such as marijuana possession, assault and battery, and driving under the influence (DUI).

If you have been charged with reckless driving for speeding or any other traffic violation, you need the help of a Fairfax reckless driving attorney to help you understand the charges against you and the associated penalties you face.

Work with a Fairfax Reckless Driving Lawyer

By finding the right reckless driving attorney for you, it may be possible to avoid a reckless driving conviction. Through skilled legal representation, your Fairfax defense lawyer can develop a strong defense for your case—negotiating a lesser charge of improper driving or, even more favorably, showing that you are not guilty of any criminal action.

Contact a Fairfax reckless driving lawyer with our firm for a free consultation today.

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