Why Was I Convicted Of Improper Driving And What Does That Mean Now?

Improper driving is one of the more frequent reductions I am seeking when defending traffic infractions and misdemeanors. Improper driving is a very unique violations for a number of different reasons. One of the principal reasons improper driving is so unique is due to the inability of an officer to charge you with improper driving on the side of the road. A police officer can charge you with a variety of different traffic violation, but improper driving is not one of them. Instead, improper driving is a lesser included of reckless driving. It is most frequently used as a tool for prosecutors and judges to reduce reckless driving charges when they find that culpability is slight. 

The effect an improper driving conviction can have on you and your driving record varies significantly depending on which state issued your drivers license. In Virginia an improper driving conviction will carry 3 points for your driving record. For reference this is the equivalent to the number of points you would get for a 1-9 over speeding ticket which is the lowest classification for points in Virginia. Furthermore, improper driving only stays on a Virginia driving record for 3 years as opposed to 5 years for a simple speeding violation, and 11 years for a reckless driving conviction.  

For an out of state driver the effect is less clear. For starters, I have never seen improper driving listed on an out of state record. Therefore, I am always hopeful that the improper driving conviction will not appear on your out of state record. However, some states may still put a violation on your record just not listed as improper driving or reckless driving for that matter. However, even if something is listed on your record it will certainly carry less points than the reckless driving conviction would have.