Reckless Driving in Virginia
Reckless Driving in Virginia
Are you facing a reckless driving in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach? If so, we can help.
Reckless driving is one of the most common charges faced by residents and visitors in Norfolk-Virginia Beach and throughout the state. But that is not to say the charge is minor–serious penalties can result. If facing a reckless driving charge, it is critical to get legal help as soon as possible
Reckless driving is a very serious charge in Virginia that can result in large fines and potential jail time. You need serious representation to make sure your rights are protected. The attorneys at Shannon & Bedois, P.C. have the experience, knowledge and skills to ensure that you are set up for success when you have your day in court. Call us at (757) 228-5529 today or contact us online to discuss the details of your case.
What Is Reckless Driving in Virginia?
Virginia has some of the most feared reckless driving laws in the U.S. In short, reckless driving is defined by Virginia as either (1) driving in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb or property of any person or (2) driving more than 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit or greater than 80 miles per hour regardless of the posted speed limit. Certain actions are considered reckless driving to include, among others:
- Passing an emergency vehicle
- Passing a stopped school bus
- Passing on the crest of a hill
- Faulty brakes/improper control and
- Driving too fast for conditions
The punishments for reckless driving are severe, with fines up to $2500, up to 12 months in jail, six months suspension of your privilege to drive and a permanent conviction on your criminal record. Further, if you are a Virginia licensed driver, the DMV will remove 6 points from your driving record and keep the conviction on your driving record for 11 years.
What Are Your Options?
You can go it alone and defend yourself. You are depending on yourself to prevent going to jail, paying thousands of dollars in fines and court costs, huge increases in insurance premiums, potentially losing your security clearance (if applicable), losing your driver’s license and losing your job.
Or you can count on the skilled legal professionals at Shannon & Bedois, P.C. to protect your interests.
What Can We Do For You?
First, we know the law. We will examine all of the circumstances surrounding the incident and determine if the charges have merit. For example, did the school bus you passed have defective flashers that were not working properly? Police officers make mistakes. Consider that radar does not pick out a single vehicle as a target while lidar requires skill in acquiring targets and pacing is a very inexact practice, at best.
We have years of experience of defending clients against all three of the methods that Virginia uses to bring cases for speed related reckless driving. We will utilize our analysis to then negotiate with the prosecution to have the charges decreased or even dropped altogether. If negotiations fail, we have the experience to provide a top notch defense if the case goes to court.
Second, we know the system. With our years of experience, we know how the court system works. We are a local firm with ties to the community. Our local experience is invaluable in working through a complex system and protecting your interests.
Finally, we get results. We have successfully defended many clients against reckless driving charges and we have hundreds of satisfied clients as a result. You should not have to go through this experience alone. Please give us a call at (757) 228-5529 today or contact us online and we will begin your case review immediately.
Shannon & Bedois, P.C. is located in Chesapeake, VA and serves clients in and around Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Fort Monroe, Suffolk, Carrollton, Hampton, Chesapeake City County, Hampton City County, Norfolk City County, Portsmouth City County, Suffolk City County, Virginia Beach City County.