Reckless Driving and Serious Traffic Offenses: Save Your Virginia Driving Record
Being convicted of reckless driving and other serious traffic offenses in Virginia can drop a heavy load of law down on your head. You have been a good driver all your life. Your dad taught you the rules of the road and the value of respect for other drivers. So when you are arrested in Virginia for reckless driving or another serious traffic offense, you may be upset and confused.
How did it come to this and what can you do about it?
First, take the time to educate yourself.
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Just exactly what are the Virginia laws governing reckless driving and serious traffic offenses? What are the possible consequences? At Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC, we want you to understand what you are facing so you can make good decisions. Education is the focus of this website, whether or not you choose us to help you.
According to Virginia traffic law statutes, everyone convicted of reckless driving will face the following “general rules.”
Reckless driving convictions are all considered Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offenses in Virginia.
- Anyone convicted of reckless driving in Virginia will have a permanent criminal record, be indexed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) criminal database, wait 11 years to have the offense erased from his license, and receive six demerits on his driving record.
- These penalties and rules all apply to both in-state and out-of-state drivers.
In addition, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles lists the following reckless driving infractions as six-point violations that will stay on your driving record for 11 years.
- Speeding in excess of 80 mph or speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit
- Passing infractions, including passing or overtaking an emergency vehicle, passing a school bus, passing on the crest of a hill, passing at a railroad crossing, or passing two vehicles abreast
- Driving two vehicles abreast
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Failing to give a proper signal
- Faulty brakes/improper control
- Reckless driving on parking lots
- General reckless driving
In addition, the following other serious traffic offenses carry the same weight:
- Manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter/aggravated
- Driving after being declared a habitual offender
- Driving on a suspended license, driving while your license is revoked, or driving when your license is suspended or revoked for non-payment of court fines and costs
- Driving under suspension or revocation before giving proof of financial responsibility
- Injuring a person while racing (felony offense)
- Failure to stop at the scene of a crash, including injury, death, or property damage of $1000 or more
- Emergency vehicle violation involving death
- Vehicular assault or willful stopping, impeding or damaging vehicle
- Blocking access to service facility
- Attempting to elude police (felony offense)
And for commercial vehicle drivers, any serious traffic offense involving driving on a suspended license, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or refusing a blood/breath test will stay on your record forever.
As you can see, being convicted of reckless driving or a serious offense is probably one of the last things you ever want to face. And you may have noticed that most of these infractions allow the arresting officer to make a judgment call – one that can often be argued against in court.
Next, explore your options.
If, after looking at the facts about Virginia traffic law, you are feeling unsettled about your situation, you have to think about what is the right option for you. You can:
- Simply pay the fine and take the points. This is rarely the wisest option. Because of the harsh nature of Virginia traffic law, you could be allowing the conviction to affect the next decade of your life.
- Go to court alone and try to convince the judge that your case is not what it appears to be. This is a risky thing to do. Unless you have airtight proof that your arrest was unfounded, you could actually hurt your case.
- Hire a lawyer to represent you in court and maximize the chances of having your case dropped or the charges reduced. This is the most reasonable option. Why? Because an experienced attorney knows the most effective defense strategies and is familiar with the courts and judges.
Finally, if you decide to fight for your rights and your future, hire an experienced traffic law expert in southern Virginia to represent you.
Joseph “Jeh” Hicks of Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC knows what you are going through. With over ten years of experience on his side, he has successfully represented many clients against Virginia traffic offenses. Jeh understands that you are not a “bad person” and that you deserve strong representation. He and his team will work tirelessly to provide you with the toughest defense possible.
Don’t let strict Virginia reckless driving laws or other serious traffic offense laws ruin your record. Call Virginia traffic offense lawyer, Jeh Hicks, at 888-783-9701 to gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have done everything you can to protect yourself and your driving record.
Jarrell, Hicks & Waldman, PC serves Virginia clients in Spotsylvania County, Caroline County, Stafford County, the city of Fredericksburg, Louisa County, Culpeper County, Hanover County, Essex County, King George County, and Madison County.