Reckless driving in Virginia is serious, and can result in significant fines, higher insurance costs, the loss of driving privileges, and (potentially) even jail, as a reckless driving lawyer in Carroll County, VA can attest. And for those who have jobs in law enforcement or who have security clearances, a reckless driving conviction may even jeopardize a job.
In Virginia, there are a number of dangerous actions that can be considered reckless driving. In general, the Virginial reckless driving statute defines reckless driving as consisting of driving “recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person.” This statute is somewhat vague in terms of the specific conduct constituting reckless driving, so that in a trial, a police officer will normally be required to describe the manner of driving and to provide an opinion as to how such manner poses a risk.
Additionally, it is important to note, as a Carroll County, VA reckless driving lawyer, that Virginia law also defines reckless driving as driving 20 mph or more over the speed limit, or driving over 80 mph. Often, out-of-state drivers are surprised to find that their speeding ticket is actually a ticket for reckless driving, which, as a criminal offense, carries more serious consequences than a normal non-reckless driving speeding ticket.
Fortunately, there are options in seeking a better result than simply pleading guilty.
I, as reckless driving lawyer in Carroll County, VA, and my firm are tenacious in defending the rights of those who are issued reckless driving tickets in Carroll County, VA and the surrounding counties and communities. If you have received a reckless driving charge, I would invite you to call me to learn your options in seeking a better outcome than admitting guilt.
- As an example, I routinely represent clients who have received reckless driving tickets in seeking to:
Get the reckless driving charge dismissed outright. There are many situations in which a reckless driving charge may not be supported by the law, especially if the charge is based on excessive speed and the equipment or methodology used to determine speed is faulty.
- Have the charges dismissed upon the successful completion of driving school. In many cases where a driver otherwise has a good driving record (usually, no tickets in the past few years), it may be possible to get a reckless driving ticket dismissed after the completion of a safe driving program.
- Have the charges reduced. In some cases, the prosecution may be willing to have a reckless driving charge reduced to much less serious charges, with a corresponding reduction in the penalty (usually an associated fine). In this case, the reduced charge may not even affect insurance premiums.
- Going to court to seek a dismissal or not guilty verdict. In many cases, the officer issuing the ticket may not be available to testify, or the officer may not accurately recall the details of the ticket being issued. These and other factors may lead to a dismissal of the charges by a judge, or a not-guilty finding.
I Live Out-of-State – Can You Appear in Court on My Behalf?
Usually, the answer is yes, as reckless driving lawyer in Carroll County, VA can explain.
In most cases we can represent you in court so that you will not need to return to Virginia if you live out-of-state. Even if you live in state, we can normally appear in court on your behalf so that you won’t need to miss work.
We routinely appear in Carroll County Court (which is located in Hillsville) as well as in the courts in the surrounding counties on behalf of drivers charged with reckless driving, speeding, and other traffic infractions, and know well the processes and procedures of the courts in these jurisdictions.
How Does Your Reckless Driving Defense Representation Work?
We charge an affordable flat (fixed) fee based the nature of the charge. This fee represents our time in representing you, seeking the best outcome possible, and (if you decide to contest your ticket at trial), our representation of you at trial. As a result, you won’t need to be concerned about how much time we spend on your behalf, as we do not charge on an hourly fee.
How are Reckless Driving Cases Typically Resolved?
While we have had significant success overall in obtaining a dismissal of charges, not guilty verdicts, agreements to attend traffic school, and pleas to reduced charges, we cannot guaranty a successful outcome in any case. Once we speak with you and understand the nature of your charge, we can discuss with you the options available and how we can help. We will then work diligently on your behalf in seeking the best outcome possible.
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How Can I Get Started with a Free Consultation?
As one of the top reckless driving lawyers in Carroll County, VA, we invite you to call our firm (day or night) at 276.623.0808 for a free consultation to learn about your options.