If you're found guilty of RECKLESS DRIVING in Virginia...
- Class One Misdemeanor (same level as a DUI)
- Punishable by up to one year in jail and $2,500 in fines
- Six points on your license and dramatically higher insurance rates
- Potential license suspension of six months
Avoid conviction. Just because you were charged, that doesn't mean you actually have to be found guilty! Even if you've already been found guilty or missed a court date, we can still help you resolve the matter with a positive outcome.
Did you know?
Statistically you are more likely in Virginia to go to jail for going over 90 mph than you are for drunk driving. A reckless conviction will result in you having a criminal record, which is permanent.
This can effect your current job, future employment and security clearance. But, just because you were charged, that doesn't mean you actually have to be found guilty!
Relevant Law Sections Related to Reckless Driving
§ 46.2-868. Reckless driving; penalty
- Every person convicted of reckless driving under the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
- Every person convicted of reckless driving under the provisions of this article who, when he committed the offense,
- was driving without a valid operator's license due to a suspension or revocation for a moving violation and,
- as the sole and proximate result of his reckless driving, caused the death of another, is guilty of a Class 6 felony.
§ 46.2-852. Reckless driving; general rule
Irrespective of the maximum speeds permitted by law, any person who drives a vehicle on any highway recklessly or at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person shall be guilty of reckless driving.
§ 46.2-862. Exceeding speed limit
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a motor vehicle on the highways in the Commonwealth (i) at a speed of twenty miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit or (ii) in excess of eighty miles per hour regardless of the applicable maximum speed limit.
§ 46.2-853. Driving vehicle which is not under control; faulty brakes
A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives a vehicle which is not under proper control or which has inadequate or improperly adjusted brakes on any highway in the Commonwealth.
§ 46.2-854. Passing on or at the crest of a grade or on a curve
§ 46.2-855. Driving with driver's view obstructed or control impaired
§ 46.2-857. Driving two abreast in a single lane
§ 46.2-856. Passing two vehicles abreast
§ 46.2-858. Passing at a railroad grade crossing
§ 46.2-859. Passing a stopped school bus
§ 46.2-860. Failing to give proper signals
§ 46.2-861. Driving too fast for highway and traffic conditions
§ 46.2-863. Failure to yield right-of-way
§ 46.2-864. Reckless driving on parking lots, etc.
§ 46.2-865. Racing
§ 46.2-869. Improper driving; penalty
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this article, upon the trial of any person charged with reckless driving where the degree of culpability is slight, the court in its discretion may find the accused not guilty of reckless driving but guilty of improper driving. However, an attorney for the Commonwealth may reduce a charge of reckless driving to improper driving at any time prior to the court's decision and shall notify the court of such change. Improper driving shall be punishable as a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of not more than $500.