Do I need an attorney for a reckless driving charge in Richmond, VA?

If you were charged with reckless driving in Virginia, you really need to be represented by an attorney. In many cases, complete defenses are available. In other cases, mitigating facts might operate to reduce the charge to something more palatable.

What is reckless driving?

Pursuant to Virginia Code 46.2-862, you can be found guilty of reckless driving if you drive a vehicle on a Virginia highway at 20 miles or more per hour over the posted speed limit or at a speed over 80 miles per hour, notwithstanding the speed limit. According to Virginia Code 46.2-852, if the officer that stops you subjectively believes that you drove and endangered life, limb or property, you can also be charged with reckless driving regardless of any posted speed limits.

Class 1 misdemeanor

Reckless driving is a criminal offense in Virginia. It’s a Class 1 misdemeanor, and punishable by 364 days in jail and a fine not to exceed more than $2,500 plus court costs and a possible license suspension for six months. That conviction stays on your driving record for 11 years. It affects your insurance significantly. Add up the fine and court costs plus the insurance increase, and you’ll realize just how expensive a reckless driving conviction in Virginia is. Don’t forget the six points against your license either.

Do I need an attorney?

You’re charged with a jailable offense, so you’ll want an attorney with you each step of the way on a reckless driving charge. Just the insurance consequences alone should be a good cause to be represented. A conviction on the charge carries a permanent criminal record. That can result in loss of job opportunities or a job itself. It can also impede security clearances that are so important in this geographical location.

There are too many consequences to risk on a reckless driving charge. Contact Bernstein Hough, P.C. on any reckless driving, DUI or criminal charge. You’ll be treated professionally and with respect. He’s been instrumental in the reduction or dismissal of countless criminal and traffic charges. His office defends your rights and your future. Protect yourself with Bernstein Hough, P.C.