Virginia Beach Reckless Driving

Virginia Beach Reckless Driving
Were you recently charged with reckless driving in the state of Virginia? If so, you may think you’re facing a simple traffic violation. As a criminal offense, however, reckless driving is much more than just that. Under state law, reckless driving is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor crime. As such, if you are convicted of the charge, you may face penalties such as license suspension, $2,500 in fines, and even jail time. It is therefore in your best interest to seek counsel from an experienced Virginia Beach reckless driving attorney if you have been charged with this crime.

Any type of driving behavior that seriously threatens another person’s safety can be classified as reckless driving. In Virginia, offenses such as driving at speeds above 80mph, going more than 20mph above the posted speed limit, racing, and passing a stopped school bus can warrant a reckless driving charge. Failing to yield while merging onto a highway, driving with faulty brakes, and even squealing tires can also lead to such charges being filed against you.

The penalties for a reckless driving conviction are quite steep. Indeed, as a Class 1 misdemeanor, a reckless driving charge is just as serious as DUI. If convicted, your sentence may include an automatic license suspension of six months or more, a $2,500 fine, and up to a year in jail. The conviction will also add six points to your driving record.

In many cases, the consequences of a reckless driving conviction will continue to haunt you longer after you’ve served your sentence. Your conviction will remain on your criminal record for 11 years or longer, where it can easily be seen by future employers, housing providers, and anyone else who checks your background. A reckless driving conviction can also make you ineligible for any jobs that require driving responsibilities.

If you have been charged with reckless driving in Virginia, having a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side can often be the difference between avoiding a conviction and spending time behind bars. With over a decade of trial experience, attorney Michael C. Tillotson has extensive knowledge of Virginia’s driving laws, and can use this knowledge to determine the best defense strategy for your particular case.

Don’t let one mistake jeopardize your future. Contact Mr. Tillotson today for a free, no-obligation consultation on your case.