A reckless driving conviction remains on your Virginia driving record for 11 years and as it is a misdemeanor, it can remain on your permanent criminal record for the remainder of your life.
A conviction for reckless driving in Loudoun (Leesburg) and Northern Virginia can also cause your auto insurance rates to be increased and may make life and health insurance more expensive to acquire.
Reckless driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor on the same level of crime as DUI, possession of marijuana and even assault and battery. Reckless driving can be punished by up to 12 months in jail, up to $2,500 in fines, and up to 6 months suspension of your driving license.
A reckless driving charge can be issued for any of the following driving activities:
- Speeding in excess of 80 mph
- Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit
- Driving too fast for current road conditions
- Failing to signal
- Passing or overtaking an emergency vehicle
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Passing on the crest of a hill
- Passing or driving two vehicles abreast
- Driving with an obstructed view or defective brakes
- Causing a collision with another car
- Passing at a railroad crossing
Before a police officer can stop a person for driving under influence, he or she must have a possible cause that some crime or traffic violation is being committed. A police officer may have a reasonable suspicion that a driver may be driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence if they are disobeying traffic signs, speeding, swerving, driving too slow, weaving or going into the wrong lanes of traffic.
While traffic tickets are not generally criminal offenses, they can still have a big influence on your life. Just one ticket can lead to unaffordable auto insurance rates or losing the clean driving history that you need to keep your job. Additional tickets could mean a suspended license and not being able to get any job. Before you simply agree to pay the fine, contact us to learn about possible defenses or ways to get the ticket reduced.
The Loudoun County reckless driving lawyers at our law firm are here to help you deal with these charges effectively and with minimal inconvenience.
If you need the help of traffic ticket lawyers in Loudoun (Leesburg) 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 a Law Offices of SRIS P.C. traffic attorney in Loudoun (Leesburg), VA, call us at 855-696-3348.