In the State of Virginia, a Conviction for Speeding Can Mean a Permanent Criminal Record

In most states, a citation for speeding is mostly an inconvenience—you have to pay a fine, and you may have points added to your driving record, but in a few years, you'll have forgotten all about it. In Virginia, though, the situation is much more serious. If you don't speed too much—exceeding the posted limit by less than 20 miles per hour—a speeding ticket in this state is pretty much like a speeding ticket anywhere else. But if you're caught going 20 MPH or more above the posted limit—or 80MPH or more, anytime or anywhere—the district attorney can choose to prosecute you for felony reckless driving, rather than simple speeding.

What does a conviction for felony reckless driving entail? Well, as you can guess, you will incur some serious penalties, including mandatory fines of $1,000 per year for three years and six points added to your driving record. Even more important, though, is that you'll wind up with a felony conviction on your record—and, in the eyes of prospective employers and credit agencies, it doesn't matter if your felony conviction was for an arguably victimless crime like reckless driving, or for armed robbery. Simply put, the taint of a felony reckless driving conviction can stick with you for the rest of your life!

At the law firm of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, our attorneys have decades of experience defending motorists against felony reckless driving charges and can often succeed in either having the charges dismissed outright (if it can be shown that the measuring equipment used by police was faulty), or pleading them down to less serious misdemeanors. Call today for your free consultation!

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