Are You a Teenaged Driver Who Was Caught Running a Red Light? You Need Expert Legal Representation

Just like adults, teen drivers in the state of Virginia are expected to pay attention to traffic signals—and if you're a high-school or college student who was caught running a red light, you'll be in serious trouble. Not only is running a red light a serious traffic violation in its own right, but a judge or district attorney may decide that your actions betray a level of immaturity that's inconsistent with holding a Virginia driver's license. That's why, if you're in this situation, you'll need expert legal representation from a Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC attorney.

In Virginia, Running a Red Light Can Lead to a Charge of Reckless Driving

Roughly speaking, a Virginia police officer who catches you running a red light can treat the situation in one of two ways. Ideally, you'll only be issued a simple citation, which involves paying a fine and having some points added to your driving record. Less ideally, the officer may decide that the circumstances of your offense warrant a citation for reckless driving, which, in the state of Virginia, is punishable by:

  • Fines that can amount to thousands of dollars
  • Up to a year in jail
  • Six points added to your driving record
  • Suspension or revocation of your driver's license

In situations like these, the arresting officer is basically in charge and can do whatever he wants. A single mom with two kids screaming in the back seat will likely receive the less onerous citation, while a teenager with a disrespectful attitude (or a prior record) may find himself charged with reckless driving. Of course, the circumstances of the infraction also come into play. Blowing past a red light at a busy intersection at 60 MPH won't be treated lightly, but making an illegal right turn on red, in light traffic conditions, is less of a big deal.

Whatever the Circumstances of Your Traffic Infraction, You Need an Experienced Attorney

If you're a juvenile driver, being charged with running a red light is never without consequences. Unless the charges are dropped in traffic court, you'll have points added to your driving record and your insurance payments will go up proportionately; if you're convicted of reckless driving, the situation is of greater magnitude. Call the expert criminal and traffic lawyers at Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC today for a free consultation!