As a reckless driving lawyer for citations in Lawrenceville and Brunswick County, attorney Mark Hurt stands ready to challenge traffic tickets, and to seek dismissal, reduced charges, and not guilty verdicts. Mark and our firm offer:
- Fixed Fee Representation and Credit Card Acceptance. You won’t need to worry about how much legal fees will be, even if you choose to take your case to trial!
- Free Consult. Learn how we can help, and how you can get answers to your questions.
- Court Appearance Representation on Behalf of Clients. Do you live outside of Virginia? Are you a Virginia resident and don’t want to miss work to be in court? In most cases, we can represent you without you needing to appear.
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About Reckless Driving Tickets in Virginia
A Virginia reckless driving ticket can result in severe penalties if an individual is convicted, including steep fines, a license suspension, a jail sentence, demerit points on a driving record, and increased car insurance premiums. Further, a reckless driving charge is a misdemeanor that cannot be expunged, meaning that (if convicted) a driver may have a permanent criminal record that could interfere with future job prospects and potentially compromise security clearances.
If you were cited for reckless driving, we urge you not to gamble with your future—increase your chances of clearing your record by hiring a tenacious attorney who knows how to advocate for reduced penalties and not guilty verdicts. With over three decades of practice, firm founding attorney Mark Hurt helps those ticketed in Brunswick County and the surrounding areas fight excessive speeding and reckless driving charges.
How Can an Experienced Brunswick County Lawyer Help Me?
Mark Hurt has a long-standing reputation for being an aggressive litigator who vigorously opposes traffic citations and reckless driving charges. He has handled countless cases in Brunswick County, the surrounding communities, and in Virginia, and is experienced at vigorously seeking reduced charges and penalties, as well as fighting for full dismissals and not guilty verdicts at trial. Mark and our firm typically help clients with the following (depending upon the facts and circumstances of a case):
- Appearing in Court. In most cases, we can waive an appearance and handle all courtroom matters on a client’s behalf. This means you will likely not have to miss work or take days off for a hearing (or to return to Virginia if you live in another state).
- Seeking Reduced Penalties. We can seek to have a reckless driving citation reduced to a lesser charge of ‘improper driving’ or dismissed entirely in some cases.
- Clearing a Driving Record. If convicted, charges can stay on an individual’s driving record for years, or even permanently. Depending on the facts of a case, we can advocate for a clean driving record.
- Avoiding Increased Insurance Premiums. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) typically reports reckless driving convictions to insurers. As a result, insurance premiums often increase. A driver may avoid increased rates if charges are dismissed or reduced.
- Preventing Future Employment Issues. Reckless driving charges can have devastating consequences, especially for commercial drivers and government workers. Licenses are often suspended, and security clearances can be revoked after a conviction, affecting current employment and future job prospects. If you work within the transportation or government sectors, it may be critical to hire an attorney to protect your livelihood.
- Avoiding Jail. Reckless driving charges can result in a jail sentence. We tenaciously fight for lessened or no penalties.
- Seeking a “Not Guilty” Finding at Trial. In some instances, it may be desirable or advantageous to take a case to trial. In these situations, we will tenaciously advocate for a not guilty verdict.
Because the facts and circumstances for every case will be different, we cannot make any guaranty as to the outcome of any traffic charge. We will, however, bring the full experience of our firm to work for you in seeking the best outcome for your case.
What Is Reckless Driving in Brunswick County?
Brunswick County has some of the strictest driving laws in the country, which are regularly and aggressively enforced. Driving twenty miles over the speed limit or more than eighty-five miles per hour (regardless of the speed limit) is considered reckless driving.
Interstate 85 is a prime patrol area for Lawrenceville police and Brunswick County law enforcement officers. It is well-known that I-85 is littered with speed traps, and many unsuspecting drivers end up with reckless driving citations simply for going only 15 miles over the posted 70 mile-per-hour speed limit. Unfortunately, these charges can have seemingly unfair, long-lasting consequences, making it critical to hire an experienced lawyer who can make a compelling case for dismissing a case.
Can I Go to Jail If I Am Convicted of Reckless Driving in Lawrenceville, Virginia?
Yes. Many clients are shocked to find out that it is possible to be sentenced to a year in jail for driving 15 miles over the speed limit. Additionally, penalties can also include the following significant, long-term ramifications:
- Jail (up to one year)
- Up to a $2,500 fine
- Driver’s license suspension
- Six demerit points on a license
- A misdemeanor criminal conviction
- Community service
- Mandatory driver improvement clinic
- Increased insurance premiums
- Adverse employment consequences (such as inability to work in the transportation industry)
- Security clearance revocation
Because of these potential outcomes we invite you to call us. While we can’t guarantee any outcome for a case, we routinely are able to get clients a much better outcome than would be the case if they pled guilty.
Are There Different Types of Reckless Driving?
A reckless driving citation can be issued in many different scenarios. Virginia has numerous laws that specify different circumstances under which an individual can be charged with reckless driving, including (but not limited to):
- Exceeding a reasonable speed under the current weather or traffic conditions;
- Driving 20 miles per hour over the speed limit or over 85 miles per hour;
- Endangering the health and/or property of another person by dangerously driving (1) on any driveway or premises of a church, school, recreational facility, or public business or governmental property; (2) on the premises of any industrial establishment parking space for customers, patrons, or employees; or (3) on any highway under construction or not yet open to the public;
- Driving a vehicle when it is so loaded that it obstructs a driver’s view to the front or sides of the vehicle or interferes with the driver’s control over the vehicle;
- Failing to give adequate and timely signals of intention to turn, partly turn, slow down, or stop;
- Passing a school bus while it is taking on or discharging children, the elderly, or a mentally or physically handicapped person;
- Driving next to another vehicle on a one-lane road; and
- Racing between two or more vehicles on the highways or any driveway or premises of a church, school, recreational facility, or business property open to the public.
We are available to help if you have been charged for any form of reckless driving.
If you are ticketed, it is vital to reach out to an experienced traffic citation lawyer as soon as possible so that a compelling case can be built. At The Law Offices of Mark T. Hurt, we can help construct the most vigorous defense possible for the best outcome for your case.
How Long Will a Reckless Driving Conviction Stay on My Record?
The severity of a violation will dictate how long a conviction stays on a driving record. Typically, a reckless driving charge will be reported for eleven years. However, this type of charge is also a misdemeanor criminal offense, meaning that (if convicted) it remains on a criminal record for life. Further, Virginia does not allow expungement, meaning that it cannot be removed later.
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Many clients ask if they will be assessed lesser penalties for a first offense. Unfortunately, even first offenders are subject to the full range of penalties, including expensive fines, driver’s license suspension, and even jail time. Thus, it is critical to take all reckless driving charges seriously.
Mark Hurt has over three decades of legal experience, and he is known for being a tenacious and aggressive litigator. He has a track record of success and can vigorously fight in seeking to have your charges lessened or dismissed. Call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Mark can review the facts and circumstances of your case and explain your legal rights and options, and how he can help.
We hired Mr. Hurt to help settle a worker’s comp injury case for my husband. Mark, Bart, and Mary worked tirelessly to resolve his case and reach a settlement we were pleased with. They were always available to answer questions and returned calls in a timely manner.