In Virginia, reckless driving is generally defined as driving in a manner that endangers the life, limb or property of another (See: Va. Code Ann. 46.2-852). It is a serious traffic offense that is usually charged as a class one misdemeanor (unlike a normal speeding infractions or other minor traffic violations). Due to the serious nature of the charge, it is critical that you speak with a traffic defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Henrico Reckless Driving Attorneys:
Reckless driving is commonly charged as a result of:
- Traffic accidents
- Speeding (by statute, you can be convicted of reckless driving for traveling in excess of 80 miles per hour, or for traveling 20 mph or more above the speed limit (i.e. 55 mph or more in a 35 mph zone)
Considering the very broad definition of reckless driving and additional statutes, it is often charged in a variety of other circumstances, including:
- Texting while driving
- Disobeying highway signs
- Running traffic lights
- Driving after having consumed alcohol or drugs
- Driving with faulty brakes, or without proper control
- Passing vehicles improperly (See, e.g., Va. Code Section 46.2-854)
- Having an obstructed view
- Passing a school bus improperly (See Va. Code Section 46.2-859)
- Improper signaling
- Driving too fast for traffic conditions
If you are convicted of reckless driving, in addition to the points on your license, there are other penalties you may face, including: suspension of your driver’s license, Court imposed fines, and driver education programs.
Accordingly, if you have been charged with reckless driving, it is important to speak with an experienced traffic defense attorney immediately. At BoykoNapier, our traffic lawyers are skilled at handling reckless driving charges and would be happy to meet with you to discuss your circumstances. Contact our office at (804) 658-3418 or via email.