In Virginia, Reckless Driving is a serious misdemeanor charge that can have significant consequences – both criminally and socially. It is critical to retain an experienced reckless driving attorney. Aside from the criminal punishments that can come from a reckless driving conviction, individuals charged with misdemeanor reckless driving must be aware of the serious consequences that the conviction can have on employment, getting into college or other secondary education institutions, obtaining and maintaining security clearances, immigration and naturalization, and other non-civilian employment (law enforcement, military, etc.).
Reckless Driving is a misdemeanor traffic offense, and is criminalized by VA Code 46.2-862, which states that a person shall be guilty of Reckless Driving if driving a motor vehicle on a Virginia public roadway either:
- At a speed of 20 mph over the posted speed limit, or
- At a speed of more than 80 mph (regardless of the posted speed limit).
FAIRFAX, ALEXANDRIA AND ARLINGTON RECKLESS DRIVING
Criminal Reckless Driving may be alternatively charged as:
- “82-1-6″ on a Fairfax Driving Summons
- “10-3-862″ or “10-3-852″ on an Alexandria Driving Summons
While it appears that the numbers are different, they all point to the same penalties and criminal designation.
RECKLESS DRIVING FIRST OFFENSE IN VIRGINIA
First time offenders get consideration for their lack of speeding history during sentencing and plea bargaining negotiations between the defense attorney and prosecutor. However, it is important to understand that prior speeding tickets and poor driving records, even though non-criminal in nature, are considered by the prosecutors and judges to elevate penalties. Please consult with an attorney about your particular case factors to better gauge an appropriate sentence range expectation.
CONSEQUENCES OF A RECKLESS DRIVING CONVICTION
This misdemeanor offense is very serious for purposes of civilian employment, getting into universities, government employment, obtaining / maintaining a security clearance, military (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force) punishment, admission to a state bar, law enforcement / police officer employment, and immigration and naturalization, amongst others. Individuals with these concerns must discuss the implication with their attorneys.
If you are facing a reckless driving or other serious traffic offense, contact the attorneys at Ervin Kibria today to thoroughly discuss your case and make a determination on whether an attorney is needed in your particular case.