Reckless Driving FAQ
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(Q) What must the Commonwealth prove to win a Reckless Driving conviction?
(A) A general charge of Reckless Driving is brought pursuant to Va. Code 46.2-852. However, there are 15 other situations in which someone may be charged with “Reckless Driving” (i.e. passing another vehicle at a railroad crossing; passing a stopped school bus; failure to yield right of way; etc.). Reckless Driving is a Class 1 misdemeanor crime. In establishing violation of the general charge of Reckless Driving under 46.2-852, the Commonwealth bears the burden to prove that the defendant drove a vehicle on any highway or at speed or manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person. With respect to the other categories of Reckless Driving, the Commonwealth must prove the violative conduct.
(Q) What are the penalties for a Reckless Driving conviction?
(A) Effective legal representation is essential to limit or avoid the tough penalties associated with Reckless Driving. Potential penalties for Reckless Driving are extensive and increase in severity with respect to repeat offenders, aggravating circumstances, and driving history. Penalties:
- Jail of up to 12 months.
- 6 months loss of license authorized.
- Fine of up to $2500 plus court costs.
(Q) Other than penalties provided by law, what are the other consequences of a Reckless Driving conviction?
(A) Beyond limiting criminal exposure, the importance of effective legal representation extends to the avoidance or limitation of other consequences of conviction. In addition to criminal sanctions, a Reckless Driving conviction imposes other harsh consequences. DMV will also assess points to your record (-6) for a conviction. Insurance premiums will increase. Additionally, many employers will refuse to hire someone who has been convicted of Reckless Driving or will terminate existing employment.
(Q) My friend was convicted on a reckless driving first time driving charge in another county and received no license suspension and/or jail. Can I expect the same outcome in Leesburg, Virginia?
(A) Each Reckless Driving case is unique. Generally, many aspects come into play including the policies of specific prosecutor’s office (as well as prosecutors), the facts of the Reckless Driving charge, the discretion of the specific judge presiding over your case and the input/position of the law enforcement office involved.
(Q) I was involved in an accident and charged with Reckless Driving. Should I appear representing myself and just plead guilty?
(A) No. Unlike other traffic matters, Reckless Driving is a criminal offense with harsh consequences upon conviction. Although everyone has the right to represent themselves (just as everyone is free to perform their own dentistry), it is not advisable. Moreover, a plea of “guilty” or “no contest” in any traffic matter involving an accident can be prejudicial to you in the event you are sued as a result of the accident.
(Q) Why is it important to be represented by an attorney in a Reckless Driving case?
(A) The nature of a Reckless Driving charge demands effective, aggressive, and skilled legal representation. As discussed above, and on our Reckless Driving web page, each Reckless Driving case is unique. Generally, many aspects come into play including the policies of specific prosecutor’s office (as well as prosecutors), the facts of the Reckless Driving charge, the discretion of the specific judge presiding over your case and the input/position of the law enforcement office involved. The Commonwealth has almost unlimited resources which they will use against you. Only an attorney skilled in legal procedure, trial strategy, and Reckless Driving, constitutional, and criminal law can level the playing field to fight for and protect your rights. Also, with an attorney, you will be able to negotiate a possible resolution of your case with the prosecutor-a valuable benefit. The Loudoun prosecutor’s office policy is to not negotiate with unrepresented parties.
(Q) I charged with Reckless Driving but have a good record. Should I take a driver improvement course prior to my hearing date?
(A) You may, as a Virginia licensed driver, be eligible every two years (if you take a driver improvement course that is not court ordered and DMV approved) to benefit from a 5 point credit on your record. However, if you have a perfect record, you will not get the points (as you can only have a maximum of 5+ points in Virginia). Therefore, it is generally better to wait until after the court date to take the course. However, in certain circumstances (driver point balance of “0” or below or certain cases) the course can be taken in advance. You should consult with your attorney. In particular circumstances, such as high speed and/or crash cases, etc., we have referred our clients fort special “aggressive” or intensive driving courses in advance of court to mitigate and/or avoid the imposition of jail and/or other punishments.
(Q) What will your office do to defend my Reckless Driving case?
(A) At the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C., we will:
- Engage in an extensive consultation with you to review your arrest.
- Examine every aspect of your arrest for defects in process.
- Analyze all relevant legal documents to ensure compliance with the law.
- Secure all known evidence against you.
- Review and analyze whether the law enforcement officer properly charged you.
- Review the applicable case law and code provisions.
- Review the applicable law enforcement standard operating procedures.
- Determine the defenses available to you.
- Determine opportunities for dismissal of the charge.
- Discuss your legal rights and options with you.
- Prepare your case for trial.
- Negotiate on your behalf with the Commonwealth to minimize penalties.
- Aggressively and diligently fight for you at trial. Please note that the aforementioned merely recites some elements of our defense. We will review others at our consultation with you.
(Q) What benefits can the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C., provide as a Leesburg and Loudoun County based Reckless Driving law firm?
(A) At the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C., we almost exclusively base our Reckless Driving representation in Leesburg and Loudoun County, Virginia. We pride ourselves on our detailed knowledge of the philosophies, thought processes and positions of the various courts, individuals, prosecutors, officers, and entities involved in Leesburg/Loudoun Reckless Driving cases. We leverage our in-depth experience and familiarity to give you advice and representation tailored to your case.
(Q) What legal fees are involved?
(A) In Reckless Driving matters, the Law Office of William R.F. Conners, P.C., charges for legal services by flat fee. Visa/MasterCard accepted.
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