Riley & Wells Attorneys-At-Law is a local law firm that defends reckless driving allegations in the New Kent County VA courts every week. Our lawyers have over 45 years of collective reckless driving law experience and are routinely recognized by various legal organizations for our superior legal ability and high ethical standards. We believe that lawyers who dedicate their practice to a specific area are better equipped to represent their clients in that practice area.
Experience Matters – Retain a Recognized Professional
Our attorneys have dedicated their careers to defending reckless driving cases and are leaders in this practice area with a deep bench of experience from lecturing other attorneys about the status of the law at Virginia Trial Lawyers Association conventions, to being a former Virginia State Trooper. You can benefit from our experience. Contact an experienced New Kent VA Reckless Driving Attorney with the experience to present your best defense in the New Kent Courts.
Experienced Reckless Driving Defense Attorneys New Kent VA
Virginia has a very strict reckless driving law. The Reckless Driving Speeding law pursuant to Va. Code 46.2-862 is perhaps the most enforced reckless driving provision in New Kent county. Virginia State Troopers and New Kent County Deputy Sheriffs aggressively patrol Interstate 64 and Routes 33, 60 & 249 in New Kent VA, as well as other areas of the county to include Quinton, Providence Forge, Lanexa. This specific law states that a person shall be guilty of reckless driving if driving a motor vehicle at a speed of 20 miles per hour or more above the speed limit OR in excess of 80 miles per hour regardless of the speed limit. Thus, a motorist can be convicted of Reckless Driving for speeding as little as 11 miles per hour over the limit on Interstate 64 if the speed evidence is 81 miles per hour because the speed limit on that highway in New Kent VA is 70 miles per hour. We defend this type of allegation, as well as other types of reckless driving case, in the New Kent County Courts every week and know how to best protect our clients. The facts of each case can vary, but we have the knowledge and expertise to select the best defenses and arguments for your particular circumstances. In addition this popularly enforced reckless driving law, the Code of Virginiahas also classified several other driving acts as reckless driving from the most general law to racing.
Penalties for Reckless Driving if convicted
The penalties for a reckless driving conviction can be harsh. If you have been accused of Reckless Driving in New Kent VA, then it would be in your best interests to retain for representation an experienced New Kent VA Reckless Driving Lawyer. A conviction for Reckless Driving can severely jeopardize your freedom, your career, and your driving record. Additionally, a reckless driving conviction on average will also have a more negative impact on the automobile insurance policy than a DUI conviction.
Reckless Driving in the Commonwealth of Virginia is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor criminal offense and is punishable as follows:
Maximum 12 months in jail
Maximum $2,500 fine
Maximum 6 months loss of driving privileges [Except Racing Cases]
Assessment of 6 DMV moving violation demerit points
New Kent County Reckless Driving Client Review
New Kent Reckless Driving DISMISSED on the merits
New Kent County Reckless Driving DISMISSED
Our New Kent County VA reckless driving attorneys represented a client who was alleged to have been in violation of the reckless driving speeding law. The Commonwealth Attorney was neither interested in reducing, dismissing nor disposing of the case thru an alternative disposition, which is possible in many cases. Therefore, in situations like these, it takes a skilled reckless driving attorney with both an extensive knowledge of how RADAR works and how to effectively cross examine a RADAR operator. A not guilty plea was entered and the trial commenced. We were able to effectively cross examine the deputy sheriff who operated the RADAR in this case and made the reckless driving allegation. We exposed the fact that the RADAR used in this particular case was not tested for accuracy with properly calibrated tuning forks, which is required by Va. Code 46.2-882. The Judge granted our defense motion to strike the Commonwealth’s case as insufficient without the defense needing to introduce evidence. The case was dismissed on the merits with no probation requirement, no driver improvement program and no community service.
New Kent County Reckless Driving 99 mph REDUCED
Our New Kent Reckless Driving Attorneys represented a College of William & Mary student who was charged with Reckless Driving Speeding 99 miles per hour on Interstate 64. The New Kent Deputy Sheriff’s evidence was significant to prove the violation; however, we were able to present compelling evidence and arguments to persuade the Court and Commonwealth Attorney to take the case under advisement to eventually significantly reduce the allegation. We prevailed and our client was found not guilty of reckless driving. Our young client avoided a life changing misdemeanor conviction, avoided a potentially traumatic jail sentence as well as protected the driving record and automobile insurance policy.