Yes, Reckless Driving in Virginia is a Class 1 misdemeanor. This often comes as a surprise to people who think they’ve just received another routine traffic ticket.
Because of its misdemeanor status, there are several elements of this charge that will be different than a standard speeding ticket or other moving violation.
- You must be present in court for your trial date, or (in many cases) have an attorney appear on your behalf.
- Maximum penalties: a fine of $2,500, up to a year in jail, and driver’s license suspension
- 6 negative points on your VA drivers license, the conviction stays on your driving record for 11 years
Concerned about these possible consequences? Worried about having a misdemeanor on your criminal record? I understand.
Give me a call today! In many cases I am able to help you avoid some or all of these consequences, and often I’m able to have the misdemeanor charge of Reckless Driving reduced to a simple traffic charge that does NOT have misdemeanor status. It’d be a privilege to hear from you.
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