Unlike speeding tickets Reckless Driving is treated as a criminal offense that can result in drivers’ license suspensions, large fines and jail time. If you have a commercial driver’s license a conviction for reckless driving will almost certainly lead to a suspension or revocation of your CDL. In some jurisdictions you are required to appear in court before the judge will hear the case. Some states will suspend your license if you are convicted of Reckless Driving in Virginia.
- This is a misdemeanor, not a traffic citation;
- For drivers licensed in Virginia, it carries six demerit points;
- It cannot be prepaid;
- It carries a maximum fine of $2,500;
- It can lead to a six month license suspension;
- It can lead to a maximum of twelve months in jail.
Reckless Driving by Speed
- If you are traveling at a speed more than 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit you may receive a ticket for Reckless Driving.
- If you are traveling at a speed of over 80 miles per hour regardless of the speed limit that is considered Reckless Driving Speed, which can carry more significant fine than the 20 miles per hour over violation.
- If you are traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour, that is also a Reckless Driving Charge for which you may very well receive jail time.
Reckless Driving Accident
- If you are in an accident most law enforcement jurisdictions will find an individual at fault and issue a traffic ticket, commonly they will issue a Reckless Driving ticket.
Our attorneys are very successful at getting these particular Reckless Driving Charges dismissed.
- Failure to Yield Right of Way is a Reckless Driving Ticket that many receive for an Accident.
- Failure to Give a Proper Signal is another Reckless Driving charge often resulting from an Accident.
Other Reckless Driving Charges
- Passing on or at the crest of a grade or on a curve: Regardless of how the road is marked passing in this manner is Reckless Driving.
- Driving with driver's view obstructed or control impaired: Bending down to look at your phone, items hanging from your rearview, etc….
- Passing two vehicles abreast: If two vehicles are side by side and you pass them it is Reckless Driving.
- Driving two abreast in a single lane: With the exception of motorcycles, tow vehicles cannot travel side by side in a single lane.
- Passing at a railroad grade crossing: It is Reckless Driving if you pass while on railroad tracks.
- Passing a stopped school bus; when the yellow or red lights are flashing.
- Passing on a Double Yellow or White Line.
- Crossing a Safety Zone. A safety zone is the triangular shaped lines with lines across them, mostly found when merging on a highway from another highway. If you cut across this area to get in the other lane it is Reckless Driving.
- Failing to give proper signals resulting in a crash is Reckless Driving
- Driving too fast for highway and traffic conditions; regardless of the speed limit. This takes into account weather, road work, traffic, etc...
- Reckless driving on parking lots; any actions that are unsafe in a public or private parking lot can be charged Reckless Driving.
Our attorneys have handled countless reckless driving cases both speed and non-speed related. If you are charged with reckless driving in Greensville, Suffolk, Southampton, Brunswick, Mecklenburg, Newport News, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, or any jurisdiction in Virginia contact our attorneys today to assist you. We will diligently work to get your case either dismissed, reduced to a regular speeding ticket, or Improper Driving, a charge only a Judge can reduce to once we prove that your particular case consisted of slight negligence. The Court, in its discretion, may find you not guilty of Reckless Driving but guilty of Improper Driving, which is a significantly lesser charge than Reckless Driving.