Do Your Brakes Need to Be Fixed? Better Get it Done Before the Virginia Authorities Find Out
No driver wants to be caught out on the road with improperly functioning brakes; after all, he's the person most likely to be injured as the result of a crash. In Virginia, not only is driving with faulty brakes dangerous, it's also illegal. If the police pull you over, they could potentially charge you with misdemeanor reckless driving, which is why it's important to contact an experienced attorney from Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC right away.
A Conviction for Reckless Driving Carries Significant Penalties
In the state of Virginia, there are numerous traffic infractions that can lead to a reckless driving charge, including speeding, not using a turn signal, and passing a school bus. What makes a “faulty brakes” charge different is that you needn't do anything wrong while you're out on the road. Of course, the police are more likely to pull you over if your brake difficulties cause you to zoom past a stop sign or red light.
A conviction for misdemeanor reckless driving entails the following:
- The suspension of your license for up to six months
- Six points added to your driving record
- A fine of up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail
It's Rare to Have the Book Thrown at You for a Faulty Brakes Charge
You can exhale now; it's extremely rare for a driver to incur a reckless driving charge as the result of having faulty brakes. This outcome would be most likely if the driver has a prior history of reckless driving, and/or his negligence was so overwhelming as to present an immediate public hazard. If, say, you've been informed by your mechanic that your brakes are shot, and your car should be put in for repairs immediately, you're more likely to be charged with reckless driving—especially if you're caught out on a busy highway with a back seat full of children.
A Good Attorney Can Plead Down a Reckless Driving Charge Due to Faulty Brakes
Of all the things that can lead to a charge of reckless driving, having faulty brakes is arguably the least serious (especially if it can be shown that you were unaware of this defect). Still, such a charge should not be taken lightly, and requires expert legal counsel. Call the law firm of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC today for a free consultation!