What is Reckless Driving?
Reckless Driving is a catch-all term which refers to several specific types of traffic violations which are considered to endanger yourself, others or property.
Reckless Driving is a Class 1 Misdemeanor in Virginia which means that it is a crime and is punishable by up to 12 months in jail, a fine of up to $2,500 or a 6 month suspension of your license.
The most common type of reckless driving is reckless driving by speed which means that you were traveling over 80 mph or 20 or more mph over the speed limit.
Virginia Traffic Code: § 46.2-862. Exceeding speed limit.
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit.
(Code 1950, §§ 46-209, 46-209.1; 1950, p. 880; 1952, c. 671; 1954, cc. 225, 401, 458; 1958, c. 541, § 46.1-190; 1960, c. 510; 1964, c. 266; 1966, c. 694; 1968, c. 575; 1970, c. 521; 1974, cc. 222, 455; 1975, c. 633; 1978, c. 27; 1979, c. 86; 1981, cc. 333, 585; 1985, c. 148; 1989, c. 727; 1992, c. 608; 2006, c. 301.)
Amount of time Reckless Driving (Felony or Misdemeanor) charges stay on your DMV record in Virginia (subject to change):
In Virginia, reckless driving is a “six point traffic violation” and the number of years that the conviction stays on your Virginia DMV record is in parentheses beside each violation below. Demerit points will also be assigned to your record for traffic convictions incurred in other states.
Speeding in excess of 80 mph (11 years)
Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (11 years)
Speeding racing (11 years)
Speeding passing or overtaking an emergency vehicle (11 years)
Speeding passing a school bus (11 years)
Speeding passing on the crest of a hill (11 years)
Speeding passing at a railroad crossing (11 years)
Speeding passing two vehicles abreast (11 years)
Speeding driving two vehicles abreast (11 years)
Speeding driving too fast for conditions (11 years)
Speeding failing to give a proper signal (11 years)
Speeding faulty brakes/improper control (11 years)
Speeding on parking lots, etc. (11 years)
Speeding with an obstructed view (11 years)
Speeding generally (11 years)
Speeding 20 mph or more above the posted speed limit (5 years)
Currently, our criminal defense law firm focuses on defending traffic violations and drug offenses in the following areas around Richmond, Virginia: Henrico County VA, Richmond VA, Chesterfield County VA, and Hanover County VA.
By focusing in traffic law we are able to better represent our clients and their specific needs. Limiting our law firm practice area allows us to focus on a few traffic courts and become intimately familiar with how each particular traffic court operates. This detailed knowledge helps us to better advise our clients and makes us better at what we do.