In the State of Virginia, Street-Racing is Punishable as a Misdemeanor Crime
Most high-school students who receive their driver’s licenses go on to become responsible and careful drivers. However, a significant subset of these teens misinterprets a license to drive as a license to abuse their driving privileges, as seen in the increasingly common phenomenon of street-racing—when two teens decide to have a car race in a parking lot, or on a road or highway, often with spectators present. Being charged with street-racing in the state of Virginia is a serious matter, which is why you need the representation of an experienced attorney from Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC.
Street Racing Falls under the Category of Reckless Driving
In the state of Virginia, street racing is one of the offenses—along with speeding and DUI—that can lead to a charge of reckless driving. Not only is reckless driving a Class One misdemeanor, meaning that the authorities treat it every bit as seriously as, say, possession of a concealed weapon, but a conviction can entail:
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Up to a year in jail
- Six points added to your driving record
- Possible suspension or revocation of your license
- Impounding of your vehicle
An impromptu street race—say, a friend has pulled up at a stop light in the next lane, and you both decide on the spur of the moment to do a little low-speed drag-racing—is punishable only insofar as a police officer happens to be in the immediate vicinity, or another motorist takes it upon himself to notify the authorities. In the latter case, a charge of street-racing will only be likely to stick if the testimony of witnesses is credible and the physical evidence at the scene bears out the story.
Far more serious, in the eyes of the police, are road-races for which advance word is given out and a crowd of spectators (usually teenagers themselves) gathers to watch the action. Even if these races transpire in empty parking lots, both drivers will usually be charged with reckless driving, and individuals in the crowd may be subject to arrest, as well. In the worst case, if the race results in an injury or fatality, you may be charged with assault or homicide in addition to reckless driving.
A Street-Racing Charge Demands the Attention of an Experienced Lawyer
Society frowns on juveniles who engage in road-racing, and the penalties for this offense are correspondingly strict, which is why you need the services of an experienced criminal lawyer who can plead your case to a judge, jury, or district attorney. Call the firm of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC today for a free consultation!