Bland County, VA Reckless Driving Lawyer | The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt
Americans spend more than 1 million days in the hospital each year from crash injuries, many of which are caused by reckless driving and speeding. As a result, Bland County law enforcement officers aggressively enforce speed limits along highways 52 and 77.
Being charged with excessive speeding in Virginia can have serious ramifications, especially if an individual is driving fast enough to warrant a reckless driving citation (driving 85 mph or faster in Virginia). If found guilty of reckless driving, you could face costly penalties, including:
- Demerit Points on Your Driving Record
- Steep Fines
- A Misdemeanor or Felony Criminal Conviction
- Driving Restrictions
- License Suspension or Revocation
Speeding and reckless driving laws in Virginia are complex, and if an individual is convicted, the penalties can be significant and have a lifelong impact. However, many individuals still attempt to represent themselves in court, which usually results in disastrous outcomes. As an experienced Bland County, Virginia reckless driving lawyer, Mark Hurt has a track record of success in helping clients obtain reduced charges and penalties and complete dismissals.
If you were cited for excessive speeding or reckless driving, we can investigate your case, seek for you a much better outcome than paying your ticket, negotiate with prosecutors for dismissal or lesser charges, prepare a strong and persuasive defense, and, if needed, fight in court for a not guilty verdict. Call us today to schedule a free consultation.
How Much Does a Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer Cost?
For over twenty-five years, The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt has been successfully representing residents and visitors of Bland County and the surrounding communities, including Bastian, Suiter, Point Pleasant, Kimberling, Hicksville, Clear Fork, Grapefield, Cove Creek, Stowersville, Eagle Oak, Carnot, and throughout Southwestern Virginia in a variety of cases. Our traffic representation includes reckless driving and other traffic citation cases, including those involving speeding, DUI, license revocation, road rage, running red lights and stop signs, talking on the phone, and distracted driving.
Many individuals facing reckless driving charges are reluctant to reach out to an attorney out of fear of incurring excessive legal bills. However, when you hire our firm, you will not have to worry about surprise charges or exorbitantly expensive bills. We offer a complimentary case evaluation and affordable fixed-fee representation, which means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of time your case takes (even if a trial is necessary). For your convenience, we also accept credit card payments.
Do not risk ending up with a permanent criminal record or serving jail time. As a tenacious litigator, attorney Mark Hurt and our firm can zealously advocate for reduced charges and dismissals, and we will do so at an affordable, fixed rate.
What Constitutes Reckless Driving in Virginia?
Over twenty million drivers are cited by police each year, often because they are driving recklessly. However, most individuals are unaware of how serious a reckless driving charge can be. In Virginia, reckless driving constitutes a criminal offense rather than a simple moving violation or driving infraction.
Under the Code of Virginia, a conviction can result in a permanent misdemeanor or felony criminal charge and your driving record being tarnished for up to eleven years. For example, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles will report the following on a DMV record for the indicated number of years after conviction or a guilty plea:
- Speeding over 85 mph (11 years)
- Driving 20 mph over the limit (11 years)
- Passing a school bus (11 years)
- Passing an emergency vehicle (11 years)
- Passing at a railroad crossing (11 years)
- Racing (11 years)
- Driving too fast for weather or driving conditions (11 years)
- Driving two vehicles abreast (11 years)
- Driving with an obstructed view (11 years)
This list is not exhaustive, meaning numerous other charges could impact your driving record for over a decade.
Can I Go to Jail for Reckless Driving in Virginia?
Yes. In addition to permanent criminal and blemished driving records, a reckless driving charge can also result in significant fines and even jail time. If convicted, you could face:
- Six demerit points on your driving record
- Up to $2,500 in fines
- A 6-month driving suspension
- Up to 1 year in jail
- A permanent criminal record
- Increased insurance premiums
- Difficulty obtaining government or contractor security clearances
Because the penalties for excessive speeding and reckless driving in Virginia are severe, it is in your interest to consult with an experienced Bland County reckless driving attorney who is experienced at arguing for reduced, non-criminal charges, as well as dismissal and not guilty verdicts.
Why Should I Hire Bland County, Virginia Reckless Driving Lawyer Mark Hurt?
Challenging an excessive speeding or reckless driving charge requires building a persuasive and solid defense. Often it requires knowing how to examine police reports, and, if a trial ensues, how to cross examine arresting officers on the stand. Challenging charges also requires having experience in knowing the “holes” that may be in a prosecution’s case, which can weaken their case or even lead to the dismissal of charges (in some instances).
Mark Hurt has over two decades of legal practice and has represented clients before federal district and appellate courts, Virginia state courts, and even the United States Supreme Court (a distinction that less than 1% of lawyers have). As an experienced Bland County traffic lawyer, Mark has knowledge about local prosecutors and judges, and he uses this information to formulate defense strategies that have the most significant odds of mitigating penalties.
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Reckless driving charges are serious. Let us fight for you!