Colonial Heights Reckless Driving Lawyer
Reckless driving [Virginia Criminal Code Section 46.2-852] is a group of charges that is viewed by the government as a much greater threat to the general public, drivers and passengers, and property than lesser moving violations. Consequently, the penalties that accompany a guilty verdict in these cases can be severe and life-altering. If you are facing serious driving-related charges and feel like your back is against the wall, contacting a Colonial Heights reckless driving lawyer can make a significant difference in your case. Here is information on other criminal charges in Colonial Heights.
Reckless Driving Penalties in Colonial Heights
If convicted, you could face:
- Up to one year in jail
- A $2,500 fine [Section 46.2-868(B)].
- Six demerit points on your Virginia DMV driving record (it remains on your driving record for 11 years)
Advantages of Having a Colonial Heights Reckless Driving Lawyer
Unfortunately, reckless driving is a jailable offense. However, defense lawyers and prosecutors can sometimes negotiate plea deals that can result a lesser moving violation, such as improper driving [Section 46.2-869], or a reduced speeding charge, each of which reduce the possibility of license suspension and reduced fines. So, if this is your first offense, or there might be mitigating factors behind your charge, having a reckless driving attorney in Colonial Heights to discuss your situation with a prosecutor could be a wise investment.
Being ticketed for reckless driving doesn’t guarantee a conviction. There could be a reason why you did this. Perhaps your speedometer needed calibration and was reading 10 MPH slower than actual speed. Getting this corrected can produce a dismissal at trial or lower the offense to a less-serious moving violation.
Other mitigating factors that can work in your favor at trial can include:
- Your good driving record if this is your first reckless driving ticket.
- Calibration issues with the police officer’s radar gun.
- A medical emergency.
The traffic court judges in Colonial Heights may exercise some discretion in deciding how you should be punished for reckless driving, so long as they apply any statutory requirements. Experienced Colonial Heights reckless driving lawyers are well versed in knowing how to present your case to the court to increase the odds for a favorable outcome.
If you already have previous moving violations and a large number of DMV demerit points, your driver’s license suspension could last longer than the mandatory six months if you are convicted of reckless driving. Plus, if you need to defend your driving privileges at a DMV suspension hearing, having a lawyer represent you tells the DMV that you take your driving privileges seriously, which could also work in your favor.
How a Colonial Heights Reckless Driving Attorney Can Help
The attorneys at our firm understand what it takes not only to stand beside you in the courtroom, but also how to guide and assist you through the entire legal process. Our friendly team is standing by to take your call, so contact us today to conduct your free initial consultation.