Gathering Evidence for Your Virginia Reckless Driving Court Appearance
If you receive a ticket for reckless driving in Virginia, you will be given a court date. If you live outside of Virginia and can't make it back for the trial, you will need to hire a lawyer to represent you. If you live in VA, it is still in your best interest to hire an experienced reckless driving lawyer since they represent individuals like you on a regular basis - they know what they're doing.
Traffic cases are generally tried and finished within 90 days of the original charge, so if you want to put your best foot forward in court, you need to get started on your defense immediately. Your lawyer will help you narrow down the different kinds of evidence you should collect, but here's a general list of what may be able to help you in your trial:
- Copies of applicable laws, statutes or ordinances
- Warrant or summons
- Court documents
- Police reports
- A list of witnesses
- Photographs of the scene, damaged vehicles, and any injuries
- Reports on weather conditions from the day you were ticketed
- Speedometer calibrations
- A transcript of your current driving record from the DMV
You won't necessarily be able to get your hands on some of these things very quickly, so you definitely need to start as soon as you can. It's also smart to subpoena any witnesses you'd like to have appear on your behalf. It's fine if they promise you that they will be there, but with a subpoena in place, you will be able to get a continuance if they don't show up for some (good) reason.
Reckless driving charges in Virginia can be scary because no one wants to face having a Class I Misdemeanor on their driving record. Virginia takes reckless driving very seriously, so it is best to consult an attorney to help you. If you've been ticketed for reckless driving, contact Spotsylvania lawyers Jarrell, Hicks, and Waldman today at 888-783-9701 for a free consultation. You can also request a copy of our complimentary book, It's Not Just a Ticket: A Law-Abiding Citizen's Guide to DUI and Serious Traffic Offenses in Virginia.