One of the most common misconceptions about reckless driving charges in Virginia is that they are the same as regular speeding tickets. They are not! Reckless driving charges are far more serious, as they are classified as Class 1 Misdemeanors and are punishable by up to 12 months in jail, and or a fine of up to $2,500.00 and potential suspension of your driver's license for up to 6 months. The experienced Fairfax reckless driving attorney at Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C., is knowledgeable and skilled at helping you understand your reckless driving charge and can assist you in making a well-informed decision regarding the possible options regarding your charge with the goal of having the charge dismissed or reduced. Contact us today for a free consultation at (703) 750-3622.
RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGES IN VIRGINIA
In addition to the possibility of losing your driver's license, a reckless driving conviction will adversely impact your driving record, automobile insurance, will result in 6 driving demerit points being assessed to your Virginia driving record by DMV and the conviction will appear on your Virginia driving for 11 years. Even if a reckless driving conviction does not result in jail time, you still may incur a high fine; and if you admit guilt in court, that admission may be used against you at a later civil hearing in those reckless driving charges that resulted in an automobile accident and a civil suit has been filed against you for personal injury of the other motorist. To avoid or reduce these penalties, it is in your best interest to work with a reckless driving lawyer serving Fairfax. A good attorney can often help you reduce or eliminate your Fairfax reckless driving charge.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED RECKLESS DRIVING IN FAIRFAX COUNTY?
Reckless driving in Fairfax is defined under Virginia reckless driving law. Exceeding the speed limit is the most common reason for a reckless driving charge. Under Virginia Code Section 46.2-862, drivers may be accused of reckless driving when they are speeding at least twenty miles per hour over the posted speed limit or over eighty miles per hour regardless of the posted speed limit. Additionally, under Virginia Code Section 46.2-852, irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, you may be charged with reckless driving when you drive a motor vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person. You can receive a reckless driving charge for a plethora of other reasons:
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Failure to give proper signals
- Reckless driving in parking lots
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Driving with driver's view obstructed or impaired
- Passing two vehicles abreast
- Passing at railroad grade crossing
- Driving two abreast or in a single lane
- Passing on or at the crest of a grade or on a curve
- Driving without control of your vehicle
- Driving too fast for highway and traffic conditions
- Causing an accident
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES OF RECKLESS DRIVING IN VIRGINIA?
Reckless driving in Fairfax or elsewhere in the state of Virginia can have an adverse impact on both your wallet and freedom. Reckless driving is considered a Class 1 misdemeanor and carries a fine of up to $2,500, and or a jail sentence of up to 12 months and possible loss of your driver's license for up to 6 months. When you receive a reckless driving summons, you may decide to simply appear in court, pay it off and move on. However, doing so will result in you being convicted of a Class 1 Misdemeanor that will appear on your DMV record for 11 years. It is imperative that you consult with an experienced Fairfax reckless driving attorney who knows how to defend against this charge. To find out more about your rights, get in touch with Kassabian & Kassabian, P.L.C. at 703) 750-3622 or contact us here.
HOW TO DEFEND AGAINST A RECKLESS DRIVING CHARGE
If you received a reckless driving summons, John Kassabian will build a strong and effective defense strategy that may include:
- Radar calibration challenges
- Laser calibration challenges
- Microcomputer device challenges
- Tuning fork challenges
- Challenges to vehicle stops
- Examining and challenging radar, laser and microchip maintenance records
- Challenging the officer's PACE methods
- Obtaining and examining police dash cam recordings
- Obtaining and examining police body cam recordings
- Obtaining the Police Departments' General Orders regarding police dash cam and body cam devices
- Accident reconstruction
- Examining and photographing posted speed limit signs to make sure the signs that you are alleged to have violated are properly authorized and posted
- Ensure your vehicle was actually driven on a public highway
- Ensure your vehicle was driven on a parking lot
- Right of Confrontation assertions
DON'T WAIT, CREATE A STRONG CASE WITH KASSABIAN & KASSABIAN, P.L.C. TODAY!
If you've been charged with reckless driving in Fairfax County, there are ways to build a strong defense to reduce or even have your charged dismissed. Don't simply admit guilt and automatically pay the fines only to suffer from the penalties. You should consult with an experienced reckless driving attorney in Fairfax and begin building your case as soon as possible. Attorney John Kassabian is adept at helping you understand your charge and presenting a strong defense to obtain the most favorable possible outcome. As a former prosecutor for Fairfax County, as a former prosecutor in Prince William County, and as a long-time criminal defense attorney and traffic defense attorney, John knows the law and understands how to present your case to the prosecutor and the court with an eye on obtaining positive resolution in your case.
Don't plead guilty by paying your reckless driving fine and suffer the penalties. Contact John Kassabian today at (703) 750-3622.