Reckless driving tickets are common in York and Yorktown. Being accused of reckless driving is serious, but motorists pulled over by the police are often not even aware that they face a reckless driving charge. People charged with reckless driving in Virginia usually avoid jail time, unless the charge is in conjunction with other crimes. However, they eventually end up paying a significant economic burden for the offense including fines, fees, surcharges, and other costs, which can occur annually depending on the specific driver’s history.
A key to successfully challenging a reckless driving by speed case usually will comprise a challenge to the technical aspects of the officer’s use of the radar, lidar or method of pace. Usually, a judge in York (Yorktown) can suspend the license of a reckless driving offender for up to 6 months and if convicted of reckless driving, the conviction will put 6 points on the motorist’s driving record.
It is highly unlikely a person charged with reckless driving for speeding 81 mph in a 70 mph zone would be sentenced to an active or suspended jail sentence.
Virginia reckless driving is a criminal charge and conviction may affect your occupation, security clearance, educational options, child custody, and even immigration status.
More serious driving infractions can be considered misdemeanors or in some cases even felonies. When you are facing a serious traffic offense, you could be looking at jail time and large fines. If convicted of a serious traffic violation, you may lose your license or even your job.
Fortunately, license suspension is similar to jail time. It does not happen in the average reckless driving case, but it is always possible, especially in higher speed cases. Failing to pay court fines and costs for convictions for motor vehicle related or nonmotor vehicle related violations to suspend your driver’s license.Under Virginia Law, you will have 30 days to pay after your court date. If you cannot pay in that amount of time, you can ask the court for a payment plan to allow you to pay it over several months.
According to Virginia Code § 46.2-865, you can be charged with racing if you race against one or more other cars or motor vehicles on the highway, on a driveway or on the premises of a church, school, or other types of property that is open to the public.
Reckless driving is not a minor traffic violation. While failing to use a turn signal, failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or making an illegal U-turn can all cause severe injury or death in the wrong conditions, there is an added level of risk and lack of concern to the lives of others for infractions considered to be reckless. Additionally, 12 points on your license in a 12-month timeframe can lead to a suspended license, and it only takes two reckless driving infractions, 6 points each, to accumulate 12 points.
If you need help of a traffic ticket lawyer in York (Yorktown), call our law firm immediately for help and speak to a lawyer about your options.
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