Out of State Drivers Are Not Immune to VA Reckless Driving Penalties
Virginia's reckless driving laws are some of the most strict in the nation. For as little as failing to give a proper signal, you can end up with a permanent criminal record, be indexed in the National Crime Information Center criminal database, have to wait 11 years for the offense to be wiped off your license and receive six demerits on your driving record. If you live in another state and are not familiar with Virginia's traffic laws, you could be in for a rude awakening if you get pulled over.
So, what happens if you're charged with reckless driving in Virginia, but you live in a different state?
First and foremost, you'll want to hire an experienced Virginia reckless driving attorney. This person is going to be your greatest advocate. If you cannot make it back to Virginia for your court date, your lawyer can petition the court to appear on your behalf. They are familiar with the ins and outs of reckless driving laws in the state and know exactly how to handle your case.
If you don't show up for your court date or you don't send your lawyer in your place, you'll be convicted of the reckless driving charge and have a criminal record.
If you are found guilty, the state of Virginia will notify the state where you live. Every state handles this differently, but there's a chance that in addition to your license being in suspended in Virginia, it will also be suspended in your state. If you drive on a suspended license, you could possibly go to jail. The criminal conviction will show up on any background checks that potential employers do and it can negatively impact your job prospects.
Some people, especially if they live out of state, think they can just ignore a ticket or pay a fine - but it's not quite that simple when it comes to reckless driving in Virginia. It is really in a person's best interest to hire an experienced Virginia reckless driver attorney because the laws in the state are complicated and if things aren't handled correctly, the outcome can be less than favorable.
If you are an out of state driver who was charged with reckless driving in Virginia, call Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC today at 888-783-9701. We deal with cases just like yours all the time and will do our best to clear your name and your driving record.