Q: Can I appeal my reckless driving conviction?

A: Yes, but this is definitely a situation where it's a good idea to speak with a Spotsylvania attorney before you make any big decisions.

If you are convicted of reckless driving in Virginia, you have 10 days to file an appeal if you want to. Your case will go to circuit court, and you will literally start all over again. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. The prosecuting lawyer might be the one from your original case, but there is also a chance that it will be a different one. The judge will be different, and if you or the prosecuting attorney would like a trial by jury, that can be requested.

Once that is all set up, your trial will begin and the prosecuting attorney will attempt to prove that you were driving recklessly. Your attorney will represent you and defend you against the allegations.

In the end, you could end up with the same sentence that you received at your original trial. On the flip side, you could receive a sentence that is even worse or much better. It's a real risk, but your lawyer will be able to look at your case and give you a better idea of your chances when you file an appeal.

If you were convicted of reckless driving in Virginia and you want to file an appeal, call the Virginia traffic attorneys at Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC for a free consultation at 888-783-9701.