In Virginia, reckless driving is more than a traffic ticket; it is a Class I misdemeanor. That means that in addition to spiking the cost of your car insurance premiums for several years, you could have a criminal conviction on your permanent record, a suspended or restricted driver’s license, thousands of dollars in fines and up to a year in jail time.
If you or a family member has been charged with reckless driving, contact Gardner & Mendoza, P.C., for experienced representation and legal advocacy. The sooner you contact our offices, the sooner one of our defense lawyers can work to preserve evidence and protect your rights.
Defense That Makes A Difference
Our lawyers have more than 18 years of experience interpreting state traffic and criminal law, and we have a number of strategies that we use to challenge allegations of reckless driving. For example, having a speedometer calibration can sometimes show that defective equipment was at fault, or investigation may reveal that a lidar sweep operator error occurred that gave an inaccurate reading.
We prepare every case for trial and hold the prosecution to a high standard. If we are able to show that the prosecution’s evidence is inadmissible, charges may be dropped or at least reduced. Further, not all jurisdictions allow unrepresented defendants to negotiate a plea, which means that you will need an attorney who can negotiate on your behalf.
Out-Of-State Reckless Driving Cases
Virginia’s traffic code identifies 14 different driving violations that fall under reckless driving, one of which is speeding 20 mph over the limit. Countless out-of-state drivers, commercial truck drivers and vacationers get ticketed on Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel — a 23-mile speed trap that offers no roadside landmarks or reference points that might indicate how fast your vehicle is traveling.
In addition to the tunnel, reckless driving charges are frequently issued along I-64, I-664, I-264, Highway 58 and Highway 13. Our firm has represented many out-of-state workers and travelers in reckless driving cases. We will work with you to protect your driver’s license and status, combat alleged traffic offenses and keep unwanted criminal convictions off your permanent record.