jail time for reckless driving virginia

If charged with reckless driving, you may wonder what are the chances of going to jail for reckless driving in Virginia.

The reality of the situation is that a charge of reckless driving in Virginia may carry jail time.

However, retaining the assistance of a qualified Virginia reckless driving attorney may help you avoid jail time for your charge. 

What Is Reckless Driving? 

In Virginia, reckless driving is any action behind the wheel that is reckless to such a degree as to endanger others’ lives. Therefore, several different actions may constitute reckless driving in Virginia.

Some typical examples of reckless driving include the following:

  • Speeding—driving over 85 mph or exceeding the speed limit by 20 mph or more.
  • Ignoring traffic signs and signals—individuals who race through red lights or stop signs or fail to yield put others on the roadway at risk.
  • Drag racing—racing your vehicle on a roadway where others are driving or pedestrians are present endangers others’ lives.
  • Illegally passing—someone who passes another vehicle illegally on a two-lane roadway with limited visibility dramatically increases the risk of causing a severe car accident. 
  • Operating a dangerous vehicle—a vehicle with bad brakes or without working brake lights or headlights is not fit to travel on a roadway. Taking a vehicle in this condition on the roadway increases the risk of accident and endangers other drivers’ lives. 

Without clearly defined conduct guiding a reckless driving conviction in Virginia, many undefined forms of behavior satisfying the definition of reckless driving may result in a conviction.

For this reason, it’s essential to speak to an experienced attorney promptly to fight accusations in court and strengthen your defense

Will I Go to Jail for Reckless Driving? 

Reckless driving in Virginia qualified as a criminal class one misdemeanor offense. For this reason, the law hands down harsh consequences for a reckless driving charge in Virginia. 

For example, a conviction for reckless driving may not be expunged and remains on your DMV record for 11 years.

Additionally, a reckless driving conviction may result in some or all of the following consequences: 

  • Maximum of a year in jail,
  • Maximum $2,500 fine,
  • Potential license suspension for up to 6 months, 
  • Increase in auto insurance, 
  • Inability to rent cars, 
  • Six points on your driving record, and
  • A criminal record. 

Additionally, a court appearance may also be required. A reckless driving charge in Virginia constitutes a life-changing event.

For that reason, retain an attorney to assist in fighting on your behalf for a dismissal or reduction of your charges. 

Contact a Virginia Reckless Driving Attorney today 

A charge of reckless driving in Virginia is not merely a traffic infraction. No one wants to wonder if they will go to jail for reckless driving.

Therefore, acting quickly to seek out the assistance of a qualified attorney may make a difference in the outcome of your case. 

At Andrew Flusche, I provide clients with decades of experience focused on traffic and misdemeanor cases. Through this intentional focus, I can help you navigate the best path forward.

I am dedicated to your flexibility, and I can handle much of your case via phone and email to limit interruptions to your life. Contact me today to discuss your reckless driving charge.

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Andrew Flusche

Andrew Flusche is a traffic and misdemeanor lawyer in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He helps clients overcome their honest mistakes, and fights for client’s licenses, their jobs, their freedom, and even their insurance rates. Andrew earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and then opened his practice in 2008.  Your initial consultation is always free, and you’ll talk directly with Andrew about any details concerning your case. If you need help and want to get started on your case reach out and ask Andrew a question about your charge.