Why Am I Being Charged With Reckless Driving For Speeding

Virginia reckless driving speeding traffic ticket lawyer

Virginia reckless driving speeding traffic ticket lawyer

Many of my clients are outright shocked to discover they are charged with reckless driving for what would be a simple speeding violation in any other state. This feeling is often accentuated when the officer writing the summons fails to explain that they are in fact writing it for reckless driving as opposed to speeding. In some cases you may discover that it was written for reckless driving upon a closer examination of the summons. In other situations you may not be aware until you start to receive letters from various law firms offering their services.

In Virginia, speeding in excess of 80 miles per hour is considered reckless driving by speed. Additionally, traveling 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit is likewise classified as reckless driving by speed. Therefore, an officer can charge you with reckless driving for passing those thresholds whether you are driving in a reckless manner or not. Furthermore, this is not a specific intent crime so you may be convicted even if you were not aware or ever intended to get drive at the alleged speed.

Most of the judges sitting in jurisdictions I practice in regularly are cognizant of how severe this law can be and are fairly lenient with reducing or dismissing cases. The court will frequently inquire as to your driving record and demeanor with the officer. As long as your speed, demeanor and record are good most courts will at least reduce the reckless driving charge. It is important to speak with an attorney familiar with the court you are scheduled to appear in. Each court and each judge operate very differently, and we will expect far ranging results on very similar cases depending on which city or county you case is heard and which judge is sitting that day. If you have received a reckless driving charge in Virginia contact me today so that we can discuss the specifics of your case, 804-451-6033 or trey@mattoxlawpc.com.