Virginia is one of the strictest states on speeding and Fairfax has some of the well-traveled passages in the Commonwealth. In Fairfax and throughout Virginia, there are two general speeding offenses, speeding and reckless driving. Reckless driving is considered as a serious charge in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The variance is that general speeding is a traffic infraction whereas reckless driving is a criminal charge. A traffic offense is punishable by a fine and demerit points, while a reckless driving conviction can result in fines, possible jail time, and a court ordered suspension of driving privileges. A reckless driving charge in Fairfax, Virginia may result in a license suspension in some cases, but will not in every case. However, some out of state drivers run into problems when their home state Department of Motor Vehicle discovers they have been convicted of reckless driving in Virginia. Virginia has one of the most expansive definitions of reckless driving. Speeding 20 mph above the speed limit or traveling over 80 mph is reckless driving under the Virginia Code.
In Fairfax, speeding offenses can be very serious ranging in punishments from just a simple fine to actual jail time and loss of your driving freedoms. A Fairfax speeding ticket attorney can help you know the difference between the different types of charges and consequences of each and can also help you build a strong defense, so that you can avoid the harshest of punishments.
Reckless driving is a class one misdemeanor, which means it is punishable by a fine of up to $2500, up to 12 months in jail, and a license suspension of up to six months. It results not only in demerit points but also in a criminal record that lasts forever. The reckless driving conviction will remain a Virginia driving record for eleven years.
Reckless driving and other traffic offense convictions do not universally result in a jail sentence. A judge takes several things into account including the offense itself, the conditions surrounding the offense, and the defendant’s driving record. Some charges are viewed as more serious, such as passing a school bus with its lights flashing or causing a car crash that injures someone.
A Fairfax speeding ticket lawyer can assess the circumstances of your arrest and help you create the best possible defense strategy.
If you need the help of traffic ticket lawyers in Fairfax, call our law firm immediately for help and speak to a lawyer about your options.
The SRIS Law Group can help you best possible outcome based on the facts of your case. If you wish to consult an Law Offices of SRIS P.C. traffic attorney in Fairfax, VA, call us at 855-696-3348.