Will a Virginia Reckless Driving Ticket Put Points on my Driving Record?

Reckless Driving Points

One of the first questions I get when talking to potential clients is whether they will receive points on their driving record.  This can be a little bit of a complicated answer depending on what state you live in.

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Virginia Drivers

A Virginia reckless driving conviction will appear on the driving record of a Virginia licensed driver.  Reckless driving is a 6-point offense meaning that a conviction will result in 6 demerit points going on your driving record.  This conviction will be listed on your driving record for 11 years as opposed to a simple speeding conviction, which will only stay on your record for 5 years. 

Virginia drivers should be mindful of the effect that accumulation of points can have on your license.  One reckless driving conviction is not likely to lead to a DMV mandated administrative suspension; however, accumulation of points is likely to lead to probation and license suspensions.

Out of State Drivers

This question becomes much more complicated when referring to out of state drivers.  Every state except Georgia, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, and Michigan are members of the national Drivers License Compact, Virginia Code 46.2-483.  This compact requires member states report convictions and license suspensions to the drivers home state.  Therefore, if you are convicted of reckless driving Virginia will report this to your home state.

Once the conviction information has been reported it is up to your state to determine what affect that may have for your driving record.  Typically, your state will have three options regarding the number of points to place on your record.  Some states will place the conviction on your record and give you the number of points you would have received had the offense occurred in your home state.  Others will place the conviction on your record but give the same number of points for all out of state convictions regardless of the offense.  Finally, some states do not report out of state tickets on your driving record.

What this means for you?

The question of whether you are likely to receive points on your driving record due to a Virginia reckless driving conviction is complicated and more easily answered on a case by case basis.  Please feel free to contact my office at your earliest convenience so that we can discuss your particular case.