Will I go to Jail for a Reckless Driving Conviction?

After receiving a reckless driving summons in Virginia many of my clients are initially concerned about the possibility of an active jail sentence.  Marketing tactics of other firms who seem to insinuate that jail is a real possibility for all reckless driving cases does not help to calm this fear. 

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Is it Possible to go to Jail?

Reckless Driving in Virginia is a class 1 misdemeanor and carries the possibility of a 12-month jail sentence.  However, typically judges only issue an active jail sentence for the most egregious of reckless driving cases.  Jail is usually only a risk for high-speed cases or where the facts are particularly bad.

Talk to a Local Attorney

Courts and judges have very different standards when it comes issuing active jail time for reckless driving convictions.  In some courts, such as Goochland, Virginia, the judge begins to consider jail at 90 miles per hour.  In other courts, such as Greensville, Virginia, the judge typically doesn’t consider jail time except for the most extreme reckless driving cases.  However, most courts fall somewhere in between.

In order to get an accurate understanding of the probability of serving time in jail you must speak with an attorney who has experience in that particular court.  Only an attorney who has experience appearing before the judge hearing your case will be able to accurately consult with you regarding your chances of receiving a jail sentence.