If you received a ticket for reckless driving, you should not treat it like a ticket for failing to yield, running a red light, or other similar traffic infractions. Many people mistakenly do just this, admit guilt, and accept the penalty. However, if you are convicted of this offense or plead guilty, you will have a conviction of a Class 1 misdemeanor on your criminal record. That’s right—you will have a criminal record. In addition, like other criminal convictions, a reckless driving conviction can affect your life long after you pay your fine and complete the other terms of your sentence.
What Are the Penalties for a Reckless Driving Conviction in Virginia?
The penalties you face if convicted of reckless driving will depend on a number of factors, including your prior offenses, your driving history, and the practices of the judge assigned to your case. You could face these possible sentences:
- Class 1 misdemeanor conviction
- Up to one year in jail, although jail time is not common unless excessive speeds, such as 95 or 100 miles per hour, are involved
- Driver’s license suspension for up to six months if you are a Virginia resident
- Loss of driving privileges in Virginia for up to six months
- Fines of up to $2,500
- Six points on your driver’s license
With the help of an experienced reckless driving lawyer, you can fight the ticket and possibly get the charges dismissed or reduced to a less serious offense. Call our Fairfax law office at (703) 352-0100 to discuss your charges and learn how we can help.
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